Letter: Adults should set good example for adolescents

April 21, 2014 

I am writing in response to the column from Nicholas Kristof that appeared on the April 11 Opinion page. Kristof identifies "family breakdown" as a social problem contributing to poverty. The breakdown of the family is at the root of nearly every ill that plagues our society today.

The solution to strengthening families, however, lies not in birth control but in self-control. Birth control does not magically create strong families, it simply decreases the number of babies being born. Every child deserves to have a loving mother and father who are committed to each other and to their children.

Widespread promiscuity, divorce and cohabitation are causing immeasurable harm to our society. For the benefit of future generations, we must support any effort that aims to strengthen marriage and family. It will also require every individual choose not to engage in pre-marital or extra-marital sexual relationships. How can we teach an adolescent responsible behavior if as "adults" we have made and continue to make very poor choices? No health class or sex education in schools will ever overcome the example children have been shown by their parents. It must come from home and the values we teach our children by our words and actions.

AARON RICHARDSON, Pasco

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