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 A society of entitlements

To the editor:

In response to “Government entitlements run amok” from the opinion  section last week, I’d like to offer an alternative view of how our government hands out money and what it means to the everyday citizen. I agree  with Ms. Owens that we are becoming a society of entitlements. 

Big corporations feel they are entitled to tax breaks in order to set up shop on our shores. CEOs, athletes, and actors feel they are entitled to multi-million dollar salaries.

Politicians pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars (for doing very little of the people’s work), while teachers pay for classroom supplies from their own pockets.

Feeding the hungry is not the issue. Providing people with help to keep  lights on is not the issue. Using our hard earned money to give children  supplies for school is not the issue. The issue is that we’ve become so  jaded that we would rally against the hungry, the down trodden, and even the occasional abuse of our public assistance program, yet look the other way  when  national corporations steal, cheat, lie, and bribe our representatives, so that they don’t have to contribute their share toward the greater good, or follow safety rules to keep our workers healthy and our water clean.

 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers  and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40. As Christians, are we  to look at our brothers and sisters in need as a burden, to be judged and  have their fate decided by us? Of course not, we are to look at our brothers  and sisters in mercy and kindness- so they know we are Christians by our love.

 

Erin Williams

Williston

 

We can help shape the future

 

To the editor:

In today’s society, we are a family of working parents. It takes both parents to maintain a household and with single parents and grandparents raising children today, it has an even bigger impact on the child. In  helping to combat the effects that this issue can have on children, we need high quality childcare centers to help parents, grandparents and single parents of young children be comfortable in leaving their children to go to work.

Infants to 4-year-olds are in the window of opportunity. This is where the brain develops  at an extremely fast rate. Scientific studies show infants’ brains have 100 billion nerve cells or neurons. Neurons grow and connect with other neurons that make synapses that centralize things like seeing, hearing, moving, emotions and expressions. The absence of repeated experiences result in the lack of development and many less synapses and connections.

Children need ways to connect and we as caregivers must remember the importance of compassion, creativity, consistency, clear communication, cheerfulness, confidence and commitment. The  learning window for wiring the basic movement and skills is birth to 4. Scientists now know that a child’s earliest experiences affect the brain and its development.

We as caregivers must be well educated and experienced in order for children to begin to reach their fullest potential. Every one of us as a caregiver can potentially help share a young child’s future. The first can last forever if a child is  treated with love and respect.

 

Sue Hogate