Clipped From The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
ommen /... REVEALING THE HIDDEN There are perhaps 40 million Americans today who are seriously disadvantaged—poverty-stricken, handicapped, ill, forgotten. Thanks to efforts like Michael Harrington's excellent "The Other America," some of us in this country are perhaps a little more aware now of these unfortunate millions. They include, of course, migratory workers, the out-of-work in abandoned Appalachian coal fields, aged folk cast aside, the young but unskilled who can't find jobs, and many more. Certainly our society can never be accounted a success until we find a way to lift such millions out of their half-world of despair and disillusion. The commentator who called attention to their plight performed a useful service—which ought to be repeated by one or another constantly. But he was unrealistic in suggesting that strong words from the president can magically start these people on the road up. The burden of Harrington's book is that the "other America" is largely hidden in a nation essentially prosperous. And, no matter how loud the president's voice, Congress is not in the habit of legislating about hidden problems. It acts when they are out in the open, feeding a fire that every lawmaker can feel. On the problem in question, admittedly a grave one, ye have barely begun to gather the kindling.