Editorial: Poverty holds kids back

A policy report by the Kids Count Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that of 8-year-olds whose families had low incomes (below 200 percent of the poverty line), just 19 percent had mental abilities appropriate for their age. It also noted that for children in the same age group with higher family incomes, 50 percent had age-appropriate intellectual skills.

Byrd: Not ready for Hillary

We all know it’s going to happen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady, Democratic New York Senator and Secretary of State, is going to run for President of the United States in 2016.

Richson: Fear of the uncontrollable

When I was younger I was terrified of the dark, which was a product of the Scream-parody episode of Boy Meets World; I obviously had no idea that the premise was pretty much a joke, as I slept with a nightlight for the better part of my childhood.

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