Cumberland Times-News


July 18, 2013

Thanks to Sen. Benjamin Cardin for being a good public servant

It is all too common to read letters and commentaries disparaging our Congressional officials. I would like to commend one — U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin — for his conscientious and effective role on the Senate Budget Committee that reduced our national deficit by $1.5 trillion in 2011 and $600 billion more in January 2013.

These federal spending reductions were equally divided between defense and non-defense programs. This balanced and continuing effort to reduce our national deficit required hard work achieved in a bipartisan way.

I was also pleased to learn that an important social program — Head Start — escaped elimination in the proposed 2014 budget.

This means that 277 children now enrolled in it in Allegany County, whose families might not be able to provide them with an equal start in early childhood education, could continue the important formative part of their lives.

This can help reduce the ultimate disparity of opportunity that is increasing here and elsewhere. I would like to hear equally good news on job training programs for adolescent high school dropouts, also on the rise.

Perhaps Sen. Cardin could address this issue (as well as deficit reduction progress) in one of his columns to the Times-News.

John Wiseman


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