Perspectives pieces in the March 22 PG provided a stark contrast with respect to how the problems of today may be addressed.
George F. Will emphasized that with respect to academic achievement, family, not "right to access" is one of the elements crucial to success ("Stuck in the '60s"). Rather than carp about lack of access we need to support the existence of solid families that equip children with the traits to do the best that each can.
In contrast Bob Herbert points out that children in particular are being hurt by the financial crises today ("A Ruinous Meltdown"). In order to mitigate that problem new sources of revenue must be discovered. Perhaps a better choice is to cut government -- oh, I forgot we don't do that in Pennsylvania. However, the current crisis is in large part attributable to unsustainable benefits to the parents and grandparents of the generation being threatened!
Lastly, the initiative to raise money by taxing sugary drinks is challenged ("Another Drink Tax?") because exercise and diet are the keys(!). I knew diabetes was on the rampage and we are all paying for related health care costs. Seems like a logical tax if ever there was one.
Get used to it. Reality is upon us!