Letter: Concentrate on creating more jobs



Is America doing enough for its people? I’m often troubled reading about the continual high poverty rates in America. I feel immense sadness for these families, especially the children, who live below the poverty line. The U.S. needs to put more effort in addressing this homeland problem.

In his book “One Nation, Underprivileged,” Mark Rank brings to light that “Currently, there are 34.6 million Americans, or 12.1 percent of the population, who fall below the poverty line.” There is a severe lack of adequately paying work in the job market. Many jobs don’t pay enough, not nearly sufficient to provide for a family in American society.

One key aspect to reassure that these hard-working people have adequate income to support their families is higher wages. The U.S. must start doing everything in its power to create more adequate paying jobs or raise the minimum wage. Simply put, a lot more needs to be done to help eliminate this disheartening problem that’s prevalent in this great country of ours.

Richard Ocampo