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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,
• No Experience Needed! Stevens
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.
• Great Benefits & 401 Kl ro||ing and enjoy exceptional^mlng/and'great
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
Library Footnotes Diamond Jewelry,
VanZandt County Library
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-
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.
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
tike to take this opportunity to KIDNEY or BLADDER CANCER by coal Dill Uw.: by ,'.Cameron, lial Sptcalizalkn
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thank the community for the gen- tar pitch exposure. Family members
may also be exposed by dirty clothes
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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!!
Service Hours: Parts Hours:
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.
8:00 -12:00 8:00 -12:00
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
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("'texascellnet.com
their loved ones.
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