Like all parents, I want what’s best for my kid. I also believe all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. That’s why I’m encouraging our Sens. Risch and Crapo to invest in high-quality early childhood education programs.
As a child development researcher, a teacher and a mom, I have seen the benefit that quality child care provides to children and their families.
Quality child care is critical because most brain development occurs from birth to age 5. When children spend their days in a stimulating educational environment, they are better prepared for kindergarten and life. It even leads to positive adulthood outcomes like economic and academic achievement. This is especially true for children living in poverty.
By investing in early learning, we are ensuring success for our children (and society).
The average cost for licensed center-based care in Idaho is $7,296 per year — more than in-state college tuition. This means child care is simply out of reach for many families.
That is why I’m encouraging Risch and Crapo to increase funding for the Congress Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which helps low- and middle-income families afford high-quality care.
Megan Lorraine Smith, Boise
Watching Trump on national news is like watching the same movie over and over again. Lying. Maybe Trump could record one of his speeches for the news media and just hit the replay button? It is always the same topic: Attack every word and/or action by Democrats or critics. As president of the United States, he should be positive and say something good for once.
Is Trump promoting segregation and division in the USA? Trump has all his Republican congressman and congresswomen in don’t-hold-Trump-accountable jackets during key meetings of Congress. So he can watch them and reprimand them later if they don’t act a certain way? Our representatives need to mingle, collaborate and develop friendly relations rather than do the separation and isolation thing. Don’t cults isolate their followers from society and demand no communication with nonbelievers?
Why the smirks and odd facial gestures by Trump at the State of the Union? Are there actions and statements by Trump that are embarrassing to citizens in this country? Should Trump enroll in a course for anger management and recovery from bullying and misogyny?
Daniel Wong, Boise
I am proposing that all the people who are in favor of building a border wall should pay for the wall. People who are in favor of the wall should each be charged a portion of the expense. The total cost of the wall should be divided between all those who are demanding the wall, and they should be charged or taxed to pay for the wall. People who are not in favor of the wall would be charged nothing. Then we would see how many people support this “big beautiful wall.”
Katherine Zuckerman, Boise
Some of Trump’s alternative facts: (1) Inauguration size, (2) Tim Apple, (3) father’s birth country. If he lies about these things, we can’t trust him with anything. He won’t release his tax returns, so what is he hiding? Are we really supposed to believe his buddy Barr? If he runs in 2020 we need to dump Don the con.
Mitchell Heynemann, Garden Valley
Privatization of the United States Postal Service would result in higher prices and reduced service since a “postal business” must make a profit in order to survive.
The current USPS operates on a nonprofit basis, serving all Americans six days and, in some locations, seven days a week without tax money. Currently the USPS employs over 100,000 veterans. Congressional mandates are the main reason for the current USPS financial challenges.
John Paige, president, Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers, Pocatello