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[Susan notes: The reader comments at the paper's online site were as ugly as I've ever seen--you know the kind: how dare people on food stamps buy potato chips? And worse. The editorial isn't perfect but I applaud them for standing up to the abuse they knew they'd get. ]

Submitted to Decatur Daily but not published

To the editor

As someone who cares about the survival of public schools, which people find so easy to blame for everything from bad manners to a bad economy, I want to thank you for your strong, brave editorial Poverty Is a Burden in the Schools. Please know that your editorial is traveling: I received it here in Vermont from a longtime teacher in Hawaii. I know that people in the Tennessee Valley won't give a fig about our opinion, but I want to join the fair-minded people in Decatur who are shouting praise.

Instead of blaming schools, what we need to do as a nation is provide people with a living wage.

Susan Ohanian

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