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Head Start a critical investment

May 15, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the Editor:

Imagine a mother with a vehicle on its last mechanical leg with two small children and a recent deceased husband, agonizing over how she will be able to keep her children in Head Start after hearing about the effects of the sequester. Visualize this mother working at a fast food restaurant just to stay afloat to survive one week to another. The above stressful experience probably never has happened in the lives of some of the senators and House members that are even making it more difficult for a parent like the above.

In my opinion, by not being able to identify with Americans with little means, many of our leaders are confused and lacking in the understanding why Head Start is so important for the future of America and the future for innocent children. It is known by teachers, parents and some leaders that Head Start is all about preparing children that are from little means for the social and academic challenges that await them in the years ahead. It is sad matter that some of our leaders who reinstated funds for furloughed air-traffic controllers turned a blinded eye on restoring funds for Head Start; to them, the long lines seen at airports were more of a priority than certain children's future in America.

Alfred Waddell




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