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Break the cycle of poverty by focusing on vocational training.  In recent weeks, this column has focused on critical issues facing an alarming number of local residents—issues that ultimately affect everyone in Orange County. We’ve examined high school dropout rates and the education achievement gap, children...

The challenges facing Orange County’s students can’t be addressed by the local education system alone. Solving the equation will take the whole community, working together. You don’t have school-aged children, so the cuts to education don’t affect you, right? Or maybe your children attend private school,...

Orange County’s surprising problem often hides in the shadows. When you think of the homeless in the United States, what – and who – comes to mind? Transient men in inner cities? The chronically addicted? The mentally ill? Would it surprise you to know that, in...

Poor oral health care for children can result in chronic problems throughout life, and it is largely preventable. If your child had a broken bone, would you allow her to suffer with excruciating pain and let the bone heal badly, causing her lifelong challenges as a...

Want a solution to the dropout crisis?  Teach kids to read before kindergarten. Imagine if there were a problem that affected one in three high school students (approximately 4 million students a year) resulting in issues that cost U.S. taxpayers more than $8 billion a year?...