Perspective: WIS Editorial on South Carolina's children

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Another report is out showing South Carolina near the bottom among all the states in terms of the well-being of our children.  Only five state do worse than ours.  There has been improvement here in infant mortality, the teen birth rate, and some other measures.  But when 22% of our children live below the poverty level, our home state has a long way to go.

So what can we do about it? Sue Williams of The Children's Trust of South Carolina, says our state "must begin to have a concentrated focus on the well-being of our children in a holistic manner." We as citizens, voters, and parents, should all be concerned that 31 percent of our children live in single parent families and that 47 percent are born to single mothers.

These are personal, family, and community problems that require careful attention and a plan of action. Many experts tell us that improving education is the best way out of poverty. And recent cuts to education budgets and those of health and social service agencies make it even more difficult to see a way forward.

So talk about these issues -- in your homes, your places of worship, and with your elected leaders.  It's no exaggeration to say that as the well-being of our children goes, so goes our state's future. That's my perspective.  What's your opinion?