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Child Support Cuts Would Be Harmful
   Congress is about to givfe Texas four-year period.                                          their children, put clothes on their
                                           ; This would be tragic for Texas                    backs and a roof over their heads.
ingsfbr Christmas. Federal tswWnak- children and families, especially                          Without it, many would slip into
ers affe dangerously close to approv- considering the success that has                         poverty.forcingthemtoturhtopub-
ing legislation that slashes funding been seen in recent yeats. Last year,                     lic assistance.
to the Texas child support enforce- the men and women in the Child                                 According to estimates by the
ment program—cuts that would lead Support Division Collected a record                          attorney general's office, the pro-
to billions less in child support for a $1.8 billion in child support that                     posed $400 million in cuts to the
million Texas kids.                      benefited Texas children, an 83 per-                  Texas child support program would
   Many children and families who cent increase since 2000.                                    trigger an almost $2 billion increase
depend on child support to famish           As a conservative, attorney gen-                   in temporary assistance for needy
the basic necessities of life will suf- eral Gregg Abbott says that he fully                   families, food stamps and Medic-
fer if these drastic measures make it supports the Mousfe's goal of cutting                    aid. Clearly, cutting child support
into law, and Washington lawmak- the federal budget, but this is not                           isn't the way to truly trim the federal
ers need to fully understand the harm the way .to do it Not only would it                      deficit
this legislation, if passed, will cause. crush Texas children and families                         Moreover, the House's plan
   The looming crisis stems from a who depend on this money, but it                            would undermine one of the few fed-
deficit-reduction bill recently passed would actually increase the overall                     eral programs that is running well.
by the U.S. House of Representa- amount of taxpayer money spent                                Nationally, child support programs
tives that would cut more than $400         Child support helps taxpayers by                   collect $4.38 in child support for
million from the Texas child sup- keeping many people off welfare.                             every dollar spent (Texas collects
portprogramoverthe nextfouryears, Social policy researchers estimate                           almost $7 for every dollar spent) In
At a minimum, these cuts wijl re- that state child support programs                            fact, the President's 2006 budget
quire the attorney 'general's office helped lift more than a million                           cited federal child support enforce-
to reduce child-support enforce- Americans out of poverty in 2002                              ment as one of the highest-rated of
ment staff by more than half.            alone.                                                all government programs.
   This drastic reduction in the            In Texas, half of the families they                    Beyond the dollars and statistics,
workforce would, in turn, lead to a serve subsist on low incomes. The                          though, is the fact that parents who
nearly $3 billion drop in estimated child support (hey collect helps                           pay their child support are more
child support collections over that these single mortis and dads feed                          likely to be involved in their                t                                                                  '         '              Photo by Julie Vaughan
                                                                                               children's lives. Parents who pay         Wills Point High School Band students making the All-Region Band are from left to right, front;
                                                                                                                                         Adah Pratt, Anndrea Redding, Brittani Haley, Matt Hernandez, Christine Hardin, Rachel Aubert
 COMPANY PAlOtDL TRAINING                                                                      their child support and are engaged       and Erica Vincent, second row; Heather Vincent, Jaime Hernandez, Amber Smith, Jessie Phillips;
                                                                                               in their kids' upbringing give them       Stephanie Dawson and Ben Williams, third row; Cesslly Sherwood, Kari Richardson, Brittany
 Caff now to ftncfouta&ouf the (arqeathau increase in cotntianu history!                       a better chance of success in life.       Leonard, Shannon Stevens and James Wiggui, back; Caitlin Vaughan, Megan Ahearn, Casey Chitty,
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                                                 Transport offers the best comprehensive       The Texas child support program           Jordan Martin, Rich Manuel, Zac Craven and BJ Garza. The students auditioned for the band Dec.
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                                                                                               bolsters these parent-child connec-       1, at Rains High School.
  • No layoffs in 25 years I           benefits from the 01 premier transportation carrier!    tions and the proposed federal cuts
                                                                                               would undermine them.                                                                                                            Buying Gold &
                                                                                                   The silver lining in this cloud is
                                                                                               that the bill hasn't made it out of
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                                                                                               Congress yet. The Senate passed                               317 First Monday Ln. • Canton, TX7S103 • 567-4276                  Rolex Watches,
                                                                                               its own version of the deficit-reduc-
                                                                                               tion bill that avoided the cuts made          CANTON—StoryTime will                erous support given to the library.          Coins ... Anything
                                                                                               by the House. Negotiators from            take a Christmas break and resume        The Christmas Bow Project will pay              of Value!!
                                                                                               both chambers will be meeting             on Friday, January 6, 2006, at 10        for new books for the children's
                                                                                               soon to hammer out the differences        a.m. The theme will be "Let It           sections. Other donations to the              JEWELRY & WATCH
                                                                                               between the two versions and when
     Boot King Trading Post                                                                   they do, Abbott says he hopes they
                                                                                              will realize the wisdom in keeping
                                                                                                                                         Snow." StoryTime coordinator,
                                                                                                                                         Kitty White, will read snow stories
                                                                                                                                         to the children and the children will
                                                                                                                                                                                  Friends Of the Library go toward
                                                                                                                                                                                  defraying the cost of magazine sub-
                                                                                                                                                                                  scriptions, book purchases, land-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please Call
         22O9 N. Hwy. 19 (Trade Days Blvd.)                                                   child support funding at full              be treated to a snowman craft.           scaping, interior cleaning, and                   For Hours
            Canton, TX • 903/567-1920                                                         strength. Compromise is not an                TheNew Year will bring new sto-       computer technology upgrades.
                 Just South of Dairy Palace                                                   option.                                    ries and crafts for the children. If        If you would like to make a do-            PERKINS MIP
                                                                                                  Most Texans agree it is impor-         you haven't visited the library for      nation to help the library, please
   MERRY CHRISTMAS SPOKEN pHEi!                                                               tant for the federal government to
                                                                                              trim its budget, but Texas children
                                                                                                                                         StoryTime, mark your calendar and        mail to The Friends of the Library,         214/502-9062or903/567-7650
    Vintage Cowboy Hats & Boots • Unique Gifts                                                should not be the target of cuts.
                                                                                                                                         come for the New Year kick-off on        P.O.Box 1072, Canton, TX75103.
                                                                                                                                         January 6.
           ANTIQUES:                                                                          Congress should take a hard look
                                                                                              at the devastating effect these cuts
                                                                                                                                            Please take note of the library's
                                                                                                                                         abbreviated schedule for the Christ-     Industrial                                              NO FEE FOR
                 Western/Lodge & Americana                                                    would have on a million Texas chil-        mas holidays. The library will be
               ~ GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE ~                                                dren, and then reverse course.             closed from Friday, December 23,         or Toxic                                                FIRST VISIT
              COMESEEOURVINTAGEBOOT COLLECTION                                                    "Let'snot rob our children of their    until Tuesday, December27. If you         May occur 15 to 50 years after          Ryan A. Krebs, M.D., J.D.
                                                                                              future. We must eliminate any cuts         need to check out a "must read" for       exposure. MESOTHELIOMA or LUNG          Doctor-Lawyer in Full-time Lmv Practice
                       9-6 • 7 Days A Week                                                    to the child support system," Abbott       the holidays, make sure to visit the      CANCER may be caused by asbestos          Richard A. Dodd, L.C. v
                                                                                              said.                                      library before Friday, the 23rd.          exposure, ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA         Craig W. Brown, P.L.L.C
                                                                                                                                            The Friends of the Library would       by Benzene exposure and MELANOMA, Timothy R. Gappolino, P.C.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Board C«rafi«dteiomltaji«vHulUwi«l Ml
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                                                                                                                                         thank the community for the gen-          tar pitch exposure. Family members
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                                                                                                                                             As Christmas quickly ap-
                                                                                                                                         proaches, the staff and residents at            GET ALL FOUR FROM US!!
                                                                                                                                         Crestwood Nursing Center would               Wills Point Chevrolet Service Center ...
                                                                                                                                         like to send out some Christmas
                                                                                                                                         wishes.                                            Service Without The Fuss!!
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                                                                                                                                            John Kelly wishes all the staff and       .    M-F                                                      M-F
                                                                                                                                         volunteers who work with the facil-           7:00-5:30                                                7:30 - 5:30
                                                                                                                                         ity a Merry Christmas. He adds that              Sat.                                                      Sat.
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                                                                                                                                         they do a good job.
                                                                                                                                             Eula Robinson hopes everyone                        620 E. Hwy. 80 • Wills Point • 903/873-2561
                                                                                                                                         gets what he or she wants. Mary Ellis
                                                                                                                                         wishes her family good health.
                                                                                                                                             Mildred Tutle hopes all die little
                                                                                                                                         childrennaveaMerry Christmas. "I
                                                                                                                                         think of them before us. We've had
                                                                                                                                         our Christmas," she adds.
                                                                                                                                            Juanita Langley hopes all her
                                                                                                                                         family is together for Christmas.
                                                                                                                                         Stella Dunn wants to thank the Lord
                                                                                                                                         we are all in good health and happy
                                                                                                                                         together. As we get older we truly
                                                                                                                                         appreciate good health and being
                        J - r                                                                                                            together with our families during the
                       advali                                                                                                            holidays.
                                                                                                                                             Robbi Stewart wishes that every-              903/567-7439 • 903/567-6762
                                                                                                                                         one would keep Christ the reason                       Open Tuesday thru Saturday'
                                                                                                                                         for the season. GigiPruitt wishes that
                                                                                                                                         everyone could look at others the                     and All First Monday Weekends
                                                                                                                                         way that Jesus sees them. He sees
                                                                                                                                         their goodness and forgives their                     - NOTARY PUBLIC -
                                                                                                                                             Alison Hejny, our administrator,               111 North Trade Days Blvd.* Canton
                                                                                                                                         wishes everyone would keep-our                         NW Comer 19 & 64 At Red Light
                                                                                                                                         military in their prayers. Her prayer
                                                                                                                                         is that they can soon return safely to                 Email: timeless("'
                                                                                                                                         their loved ones.
                                                                                                                                             Merry Christmas and a Happy
                                                                                                                                          and Healthy New Year!

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