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Our View: Thumbs up for more fathers involved in child rearing

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 11:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 12:14 a.m. CDT

Thumbs up: To involved dads. A recent government survey found that the stereotype of the distant dad who doesn’t know what’s going on in his kids’ lives is pretty much a big myth. American dads are more involved in their children’s lives and daily activities than ever before, with the majority of those surveyed reporting they regularly play with, talk to, read to and eat with their kids, as well as taking care of practical matters like bathing, dressing, and helping with homework. It may take a little longer to shake those stereotypes, but the outcome of such involvement can only be good for kids and families.

Thumbs up: To Malta Elementary School third-graders, who made Christmas ornaments for the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission office tree. The project is a creative way to encourage younger students to think about the sacrifices veterans made, and prompted Marines whose child was involved to visit the class. Organizers hope to make it an annual project.

Thumbs down: To compromised credit card information. Minneapolis-based Target Corp. informed the public Thursday that as many as 40 million credit card accounts might have been compromise in a recent data breach. Anyone who swiped a card at a Target store from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 could have been affected, company officials said. This is the second time this year a national chain with a local store has fallen victim to this kind of hacking, and it certainly shakes consumers’ faith as well as jeopardizes their security. Know what never gets hacked into? Cash.  

Thumbs down: With Christmas but days away, the cultural flap is over Santa Claus’ racial background, after Fox News personality Megyn Kelly stated on her show that “Santa just is white.” That just isn’t true. Santa Claus is for everyone who believes in him, and he is known to children around the world and around these racially and ethnically diverse United States in many different ways, and in many different costumes, as well. There was a time not long ago when the American President was always a white man, too. As we’ve seen, that’s not the way it is any more – nor is it the way it has to be.

Thumbs up: To the many volunteers who helped The Salvation Army wrap and distribute gifts for local needy families on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 2,500 children registered to receive donations this year. Salvation Army Capt. Michael Cho said they had enough toys to distribute because the community is so generous. Each child will receive two toys and a clothing item, stuffed animals and a game for each family. Volunteer Phyllis Roush, who has helped for the past four years, said, “It’s all about the joy of helping people.” Indeed it is.

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