Frank Wooten’s Feb. 7 column “How soon is too soon to help a kid?” leaves this reader wondering why he fails to suggest or endorse a solution to the problem of closing the education gap between children of means and children of poverty.

He is quick to point out, on the one hand, that conservatives “correctly deplore the folly that cradle-to-grave big government should or can provide ever-rising quantities of ‘free’ health care, college tuitions, child care, retirements, food, cellphones, etc.” and that voters are “justifiably wary of a Nanny State intent on coddling everybody from the cradle.”

On the other hand he states that “you need not be a Marxist, or even a Democrat, to see that our community, state and nation face this defining school choice:

“1) persist in the status quo of a growing education gap, or

“2) figure out how to help poor kids close that gap — even if we have to reach them closer to the cradle.”

It’s good that Wooten recognizes the problem. Now he needs to take a stand as to how the situation can be resolved and become part of the solution.

Carl Masonberg

Arabian Drive