‘Deadliest form of violence is poverty’

As important as social-emotional learning in elementary school may be to reducing violence (“Long-term solution to Boston violence starts in kindergarten,” Letters, July 28), there is an even more important action that we could take to reduce violence in Boston and beyond. That is to heed the words of one of the foremost experts on violence, Dr. James Gilligan, who, after years as the director of mental health for the Massachusetts prison system, emphatically stated in his books “Violence” and “Preventing Violence” — in a nod to Gandhi — that “the deadliest form of violence is poverty.”

An important step in reducing poverty was missed recently when our legislature once again supported regressive gas and tobacco taxes rather than the more progressive income tax increase proposed by Governor Patrick.

Bob Marra

Hyde Park