Letters to the Editor

February 5, 2014

Income gap

Your Friday article, “Texas facing huge gap between rich and poor,” sent me a powerful spine-tingling message: Income inequality in Texas, and specifically in Fort Worth-Dallas, is growing.

Your Friday article, “Texas facing huge gap between rich and poor,” sent me a powerful spine-tingling message: Income inequality in Texas, and specifically in Fort Worth-Dallas, is growing.

Economics professor Mark Frank and former state demographer Steve Murdock conclude that the gap is a manifestation of racial and ethnic differences, (a poverty rate of 10.8 percent for non-Hispanic whites; 24.8 percent for Hispanics). This gap also is a manifestation of education (non-Hispanic whites are three times as likely as Hispanics to hold a bachelor’s degree or higher).

Barack Obama challenged Congress to “do something” to address the widening gap or he will. The sad fact is that after five years he still doesn’t have a clue.

The key to successfully educating our youth rests squarely on the shoulders of committed parents, dedicated and competent teachers and successful educated role models, particularly educated minority role models. The government can’t and won’t do it.

— Vince Rios, Haslet

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