Letter: Travesty, fathers who leave families

There are many responsible fathers who provide for their children and should. But too often fathers abrogate...

Editor, The News:

Re: Rent ‘crisis’ hits single moms hard: study (mapleridgenews.com).

The rental housing index reports that “single mothers are the most challenged with an affordability crisis.”

LandlordBC CEO David Hutniak says, “We need all levels of government to step up to the plate,” and so we do.

But let’s not let the delinquent fathers sit on the bench.

There are many responsible fathers who provide for their children and should. But too often fathers abrogate their responsibilities.

They either have to have their wages garnisheed, pay as little as possible or disappear.

Worse, while the mom has most or all of the stress entailed in child rearing, some former husbands start another family, where that family gets all the benefits of his presence.

More onus and investigation should be placed on fathers who allow their former mates and children to live in poverty conditions.

It’s a travesty that these men do not have to take care of the first family they started.

Cherryl Katnich

Maple Ridge

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