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Romney out of touch with families’ economics

To the editor:

On women’s issues, like other of Mitt Romney’s policies, he continues to look to the past. Trickle-down economics, tax cuts for the rich and de-regulation won’t help the poor or middle class of either sex.

If he really wanted to help, he would put in place policies that would help both men and women provide a decent living for their families and equal opportunities in education for all. How about providing more daycare centers at workplaces, pay equity for women, making college education affordable for all and providing transportation systems which make it easier to get to jobs? Most European countries are far ahead of the United States in these areas.

Instead he proposes “flexible time” so women can get home in time to cook dinner for the family, presumably while men stay on the job to do the really important work. Doesn’t he realize that for the poor and middle class today having both parents work is no longer a choice? Or that asking parents for a loan to start a new business isn’t really feasible? Yes, we know that he and Ann, who could afford to stay home despite their economic condition, ate off their ironing board, but today many families cannot afford either the ironing board or the food to put on it. Get with it, Mr. Romney.

Maxine Hubbard-Cole

Northampton

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