Letter: Marriage

March 16, 2014 

Players, coaches and fans know the power and strength of having a home-court advantage. That's why most championship games are played on a neutral court or field. This strategy is utilized to eliminate the power and strength of the home court.

Kids from broken/single-parent homes lose the opportunity of having a home-court advantage. College-educated young people marriage rate is 84 percent, while the least educated marriage rate is 48 percent. The key to slowing poverty, crime and illiteracy is marriage, not some new government social program.

Dr. Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project notes: "Data clearly shows children from intact marriages are more likely to graduate from college and earn high wages; and it is especially true for children from less privileged homes."

It's clear no government can give children home-court advantage. Nor can it replace the altar of marriage. Government and society are doomed to pay dearly for the lack of stable marriages. Given approximately 40 percent of all American children are born out of wedlock, marriage deserves a far higher place on our national agenda. Home-court advantage is huge in the lives of kids, just as it is in the world of athletics.

MORRIS BASTIAN, Boise

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