Stats show need for rehab reform

The article by Steve Terrell offers the chilling quote: “New Mexico ranks highest among all states for drug abuse as a factor in child abuse.” 63 percent of our battered, neglected children are harmed because the adults are high on meth, heroin, alcohol or other mind-altering substances (“Reports of child abuse on the rise,” April 11).

Why then is there no apparent debate on treatment services? Throwing money at programs to “improve parenting skills” is, in these cases, futile. If only the Children, Youth and Families Department could require addicted caregivers to submit to in-patient treatment programs with follow-up counseling and mandatory drug testing before their children are returned. No child should be at the mercy of impaired adults.

I think our Legislature should consider something like Minnesota’s Rule 25, where they have state-funded rehabilitation.

Lise Hilboldt

Santa Fe

Developing assets

I want to thank U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján for co-sponsoring the Financial Security Credit Act, HR 2917. Since it is well known that the wealth gap has grown worse in the past 25 years, this bill will help to stop that trend.

The bill provides a new way to help low-income working families save and develop assets/savings accounts which create a buffer during hard times, such as when they may not be employed. New York’s innovative approach, SaveUSA, has already shown the success of this type of program.

Thank you, Rep. Luján, for once again showing your concern for all your constituents.

Ann Morgan, Ph.D.

RESULTS, Santa Fe Chapter

Better employers

The issue is not whether Santa Fe needs another box store. What we desperately need is a box store that pays living wages and benefits. Costco has a reputation for decent treatment of its workers. Costco’s competition in Santa Fe would force Sam’s Club to improve worker benefits.

John Hatch

Santa Fe

Acts of love

Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential contender in 2016, says a father who crosses illegally from Mexico into the United States often does it out of “an act of love, an act of commitment to your family.”

Those words of the former Florida governor would have made very suitable text for the cover of my new book, MANUEL of the Americas, Historia de Fuertes Amores.

I know that Gov. Bush has not read the book; it has just been released. But I will promptly mail him a copy. Should he get a chance to read it, the book will help him fortify his position against those who challenge. MANUEL is a true, powerful story about a family in Nayarit, Mexico, that experiences intense love and undying devotion during times when everything except the will to survive has been stripped away.

David Roybal

Cundiyó

(1) comment

Steve Salazar

Ann, does this program help the poor save their own money, or to save Robin Hooded money?

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