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Letter: We must strive to end poverty

Students work together in a makeshift classroom at

Students work together in a makeshift classroom at a homeless shelter in Commack on Feb. 12, 2014. Credit: Daniel Brennan

Do not be afraid of 16 poor children at a homeless shelter in Commack . Be afraid of poverty that can grind down the human spirit.

End poverty by creating good-paying jobs for all as we rebuild our nation’s bridges, tunnels, rails and roads. Invest in education and job training. Raise the minimum wage so that all those who work 40 hours a week will be above the poverty level. Regulate the banks so that all can make some money, instead of a few insiders. Reform the tax system so all pay a fair share and poverty will be abolished.

Fear poverty, and love the 16 children. 

Peter Barnett
Sayville
Editor’s note: The writer is a board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

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