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August 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

The importance of social capital for living a good life

Thanks to columnist Jerry Large for echoing my own feelings in his column ["Why we should all care," Local News, July 30]. Yes, a healthier, more educated community is an advantage to all.  Why then do we create such obstacles to obtaining a better life?  Why is it that decent housing, health care and access to good schools remain out of reach for so many?

I grew up in the High Point Housing projects in the 1970s.  Without a father, my mother (a woman from the Deep South with only an eighth-grade education) did the best she could, but was plagued by poverty and alcoholism.

Two years ago, my daughter graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology and has taught me a great deal.  Until recently, I had no concept of what “social capital” meant, but today I see the importance of it and the devastating effects of the lack of it.

We as a society have come a long way but more remains to be done. Individuals and grass-roots organizations are leading the way. Leaders in health care and corporate America can and will make a difference.

Thank you Jerry Large for the work you do and for your words.  I am listening.  I’m sure others are too.

Barbara Caceres, Kent

Comments | More in Poverty | Topics: Barbara Caceres, High Point Housing projects, Jerry Large

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