Reading Is Fundamental

Via SF Signal, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental, Carol H. Rasco has issued a press release regarding President Bush’s elimination of funding for the Reading Is Fundamental Historic Distribution Program. In part, she says:

President Bush’s proposed budget calling for the elimination of Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF) Inexpensive Book Distribution program would be devastating to the 4.6 million children and their families who receive free books and reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 20,000 locations throughout the U.S.

I donate money to RIF out of every paycheck. It’s a good, sound program and why on earth anyone would cut funding for it is beyond comprehension. But then again, “against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.” With this President in office, I can only wonder how the gods have maintained their sanity.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.