To the Editor:
In the Nov. 24 issue, Robin Hensel submitted a letter to the editor regarding poor health and poverty. In the Dec. 1 issue, a letter was written in response. While I have no objection to debating issues, I do however object when the published response fails to address issues and instead mocks a community member.
Morrison County has long ranked disastrously in health and poverty. This calls into question the agendas of those who are leading government agencies/nonprofits. Since 2002, Morrison County has received on average $28,500 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, money earmarked for the poorest counties in the U.S., yet in 2011 those funds were cut to $4,413. Why?
With the SHIP grants earmarked for improving community health, however, do we mean to achieve this objective by giving a chunk of money to the school cafeteria when our hungriest children eat from the free lunch line? How many donation dollars does it cost annually to give every preschooler in our county a free book each month when thrift stores sell them three for $1?
Nonprofits/government agencies should demonstrate a measurable community benefit; if not, then perhaps the money trees spoken of are growing in the yards of program purveyors. — Jody Scott-Olson, Royalton