Intel, other companies need to invest in children’s well-being


Deviating from Church teaching is the “problem”

“I will no longer attend Mass at Newman, and although I am a Catholic, I can join another faith tradition,” says writer Jack D’Aurora in his August 11 column: “Bishop made an offer that Paulists could not accept.”

D’Aurora should beware of what he desires: Many Protestant denominations are in freefall and several support so-called abortion rights (could one be linked to the other?).

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As for the Catholic hierarchy, which is “out of touch with our people,” the problem begins when “our people” deviate from Church teaching and want to do things their way.

Catholics must uphold the Ten Commandments, believe in the infallibility of the Bible, and support Church doctrine. What is the problem?

Jack Wolock, Columbus

Altered outcomes for disadvantaged children

Ohio must seize the opportunity to make fundamental changes in the health and well-being of its children. Data on childhood depression, anxiety and absenteeism from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children Defense Fund of Ohio is sobering, particularly Ohio’s resulting 31st overall ranking.

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The underlying factors for these results are not surprising—low socioeconomic status, Appalachian living, and ethnic diversity. But the answer to reversing these trends could be.

Ohio has an opportunity to show the country that investing in business creates positive changes in the lives of disadvantaged youth. Ohio, in particular, must use Intel’s significant recruitment success to call for its reinvestment in social and health resources to improve the lives of underprivileged children. Together we must invest to bring about change.

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Social investment requires a holistic approach to bring about lasting change through the provision of resources for physical and mental health, community support and safety, education and learning opportunities, and job training and employment.

Companies like Intel need to recognize their influential role in the health and well-being of the community. Similarly, the state government must seek partnerships with healthcare facilities, community and non-profit organizations, and law enforcement agencies to create a hospitable environment conducive to self-growth and the promotion of self-worth.

We have been given a seed that has the potential to produce a bountiful harvest. It is up to us to cultivate and nurture what is created.

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the lives of children.” – Nelson Mandela

Jeffery J. Auletta, MD, Dublin

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Bob Vieth, who began attending Mass at the Newman Center in 1978 while he was in grad school in Ohio State, attends Mass on July 3, 2022. The Catholic diocese was taken over by the Paulist Fathers, an order of Catholic priests who ran there for 65 years.

No gun riots at the fair

“Firearms ‘Crazy’ at Carnival” was the headline of the July 28 letter from Sheri Pierce (and others). She was dismayed at the Ohio State Fair’s approval of firearms.

She obviously thought there would be mass shootings every day. I’ve been following the daily news and not a single instance of a reported shooting at the fair. Perhaps “legal” gun owners are law-abiding, sane citizens who just want to have fun and feel safe.

John A Backus, Pickerington

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