Letters to the Editor

What moms want

May 11, 2008


To the editor:

As a daily subscriber, I have been inundated by advertisements regarding what my husband or children should purchase for me in honor of Mother's Day.

What do mothers really want?

Let's see, quality yet affordable child care would be a start. Someone could fix the No Child Left Behind act. Why not finish the farm (food) bill so that it doesn't reward greed, but helps hungry families? Medical care for mothers who are un- or under-insured would be helpful so that we can live, and take good care of our children. Maybe Congress could un-deregulate the economy (see the Commodity Futures Modernization Act from December 2000), and our economy could stop imploding.

Drivers could respect speed limits to keep Lawrence a little safer. Fathers could do a little more. Employers could modify their policies as to not punish or discriminate against mothers in the work force who are responsible for raising the next generation, as well as bills. These are just a few suggestions, but I'll settle for another fistful of dandelions and a mud pie.

Melinda Toumi,



Susan Mangan 10 years ago

Don't assume you speak for all mothers! I would be thrilled with just lowering my taxes by stopping the subsidies of other people's childcare, overpriced public educations, subsidized health-care, etc. I am taking care of my family. I could do without taking care of everyone else's, too. Now THAT would be a great mother's day gift from the government! My husband and kid provide everything else that I could possibly need.

manus_flexibilis 10 years ago

Trying not to be a deatbeat dad during the norm,but what 'little' are you referring to? Assumtions are evil in some ways, finding out the hard way!

monkeyhawk 10 years ago

VOR ~ happy mother's day. You are absolutely right on. I'm sure that your day will be a lot more cheerful than Melinda's. Let her eat dandelion cake.

coolmom 10 years ago

this mom wants the kids not to cook breakfast on mothers day, lol. it has become one of our semi, annual fire alarm tests.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 10 years ago

VOR and monkey should count their blessings. You never know when you are one step from becoming a subsidized mom. God forbid if that should happen, you'll be eating humble pie.

Godot 10 years ago

Mothers, especially those who have to rely on food stamps and subsidies for school lunches, want the government to get the hell out of their lives.

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