The Feb. 14 Beaufort County Council meeting addressed the question of whether or not to spend public funds to purchase property so as to promote new jobs for the county.
One common theme shared by both sides is that poor public education and lack of a skilled work force inhibit economic progress in Beaufort County. Poor education and lack of jobs are interchangeable as cause and effect.
I suggest "marriage and family," in that order, as a remedy.
Too many of our youth are living in homes without the benefit of married parents.
I urge our religious and community leaders to promote marriage. Prod and cajole those who have been living for many years with a fiancè to step to the altar and sanctify their union. Plead with and pray for women so that they might insist on marriage first.
Children living with parents in healthy marriages are more likely to succeed academically and attend college. They are physically and mentally healthier.
These are among the 15 benefits of marriage listed on the state Department of Health and Human Services' website.
This proposal does not require expenditure of any government funds or the purchase of anything. I call upon responsible adults in the pulpits, pews and around kitchen tables to speak up for what we all know to be true. Marriage and families are so important that our creator devoted 20 percent (and possibly 30 percent) of his commandments to laws directly dealing with families and marriage.