Bob Benna suggested in his Dec. 20 letter [“The struggle for one’s daily bread”], about the Dec. 16 front-page article “December 7th. December 8th,” that a main cause of intergenerational poverty is the absence of biological fathers from the lives of their children. While this does affect families in poverty, one has to look no further for actions that will exacerbate the situation than our government’s coldhearted cuts to programs designed to break the cycle of poverty, such as Head Start, rather than to simply ameliorate its symptoms. These cuts are what will negatively affect children for months and years to come, not the structure of their families.

Amanda Lee Darby, Rockville