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Santorum Should Focus on Divorce

Spokane Spokesman-Review, May 1, 2003
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Sen. Rick Santorumís comments have brought about some questions posed by Diane Kipp in her letter to the editor of April 26.

It appears to me that attention needs to be focused on the American marriage. We need to ask what are the consequences of divorce and remarriage in relation to the support and well-being of children and wives of prior marriages.

What is happening to kids who have siblings with different parents and parents who have children living in other families? Where is the support coming from and who is paying for it? What is the effect of divorce and remarriage on education, relationships, economic status and opportunities for involved kids?

Is Marriage, American Style an institution that encourages many wives and husbands (but one at a time) good for kids?

A divorce rate of 54 percent and 28 percent of children under 18 years living in single-parent homes should spark some concern.

Perhaps Sen. Santorum and his friends should focus on dysfunctional American marriages, its causes, effects and prevention rather than scapegoat minorities who are not financial liabilities on their communities, pay their taxes and will most likely not be producing dependents requiring state support.

- Donald Orlando, Spokane, Spokane, WA

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