I am in full agreement with the editorial about the need for government aid as well as community volunteers to help the poor and needy of America.
America can give its underprivileged people two kinds of relief, temporary and permanent. Soup kitchens and shelters for the homeless are examples of temporary relief, but only the government can fund programs and pass laws that will have a permanent effect on the conditions of the lower class and give immediate attention to their basic needs for survival.
Of course community service is needed to help run and operate federal programs but only the government has the means to sponsor and initiate projects that will have a significant effect on a large scale in American society.
As the editorial stated, George Bush opposes federal aid and supports and urges volunteerism, especially from America's youth. I cannot help but be offended by his questions referring to young people that were quoted in the editorial. "Do they know they're fortunate? Do they have a sense of thanks? Of citizenship? Do they realize that perhaps they ought to be thinking of giving something back? Or are they cut off from their affluence, removed from the cares and concerns of others?" As an American youth I am upset by such shallow questions that impose a general and stereotypical image upon young people, especially teen-agers, as being selfish and unaware and unconcerned about the misfortunes and needs of others.