Regarding: Gosia Wozniackas June 21 Associated Press article about Central Valley poverty involving Cristina Melendez:
While I oppose the existence of poverty and sympathize with Cristina for her reported struggles, I object to using Cristinas situation as a springboard for a political agenda.
Cristina may be unhappy, but the whole of her situation is not reported. Therein lies my objection. Such reporting only serves to accentuate the unfortunate divide between the fortunate and less fortunate. Wheres the appreciation of opportunity? America provides ample opportunities in its democratic free-enterprise system to excel. However, the system creates many layers of economic achievement. Not everybody is a CEO, and there is a need for lower-income positions.
Wozniacka outlines sympathy-provoking issues, but fails to identify other attending issues. Aside from Cristina being dissatisfied with her plight as a field laborer, how about the advantages she enjoys? Her seven children were born in the United States and enjoy U.S. citizenship/privileges. How about all the food stamps she receives?
Although the article states she couldnt get health care, care is available. She chose to be pregnant at 15 and deliver seven children here. Theres no mention of a husband/father of the children. Finally, if shes unhappy with her state of affairs, she has freedom to look elsewhere.