Reading the Feb. 20 editorial “ Legacy of shame” about the recommended closing of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, I wondered, what does the center actually do?
It would have been informative to describe how the center alleviates the plight of the poor. What exactly has it accomplished that would justify its existence? The editorial yields nothing about any active programs the center has initiated.
Instead, it told us that Gene Nichol was an outspoken critic and that dissent is silenced and not welcomed. Then a letter-writer (“UNC censorship”) wanted more people and organizations talking about the issue. Notice the predominant meme: talk, talk, talk, talk.
All the complaints are about speaking out and writing and silencing, but none is about identifying what the center has actually done to materially help the poor.
I am a licensed social worker working with people who abuse substances and have mental illness. Rather than take the letter-writer’s suggestion to have more people and organizations “talking” about these problems, I would like to see more people and organizations actively solving them. Does the center do that?
Donna Boni, Durham