Column: Well-being of state’s kids continues to slide

Suppose you had next-door neighbors who, year after year, did not adequately feed their children or provide them health care.
And suppose that you regularly talked with your neighbor and showed them how they were not measuring up, and told them there were resources available to help them do better.
But after many years, their kids were still worse off than over 80 percent of the other kids in the neighborhood.
Would you call this systematic “child abuse?” Well, thus is the status of children in South Carolina.