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Don’t rely on pols to fix problems

Betty J. Dopson's letter "Paterson has ability to help city blacks' living standards" reveals what is wrong with many black communities: the belief that a messiah in the form of a government official will lead them to the promised land.

How ironic for an advocate of "self-help" to depend on a professional politician. Only individuals can raise their living standards.

College graduates find jobs, get married and have children. That is the best poverty program ever invented.

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