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Letters Published in April 11, 2007 Issue
April 11, 2007 - Letter submitted by Darlene Finch, publicity chairperson, Champions for Children Chapter of Indiana AEYC
According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, there are approximately 2,700 young children in Rush and Henry counties. From birth to age eight is a crucial time for their growth and development, and it is a time when our communities can help prepare children for life and school success.
April is Month of the Young Child. Promoting the theme "Building Better Futures for All Children," Month of the Young Child is a time to recognize the needs of young children and their families, and to thank the adults involved in education and care of young children. Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Month of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.
Month of the Young Child is a good time for all of us to acknowledge the needs of children and work together on their behalf. During the month of April, the Champions for Children chapter of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children will post children's writings and artwork around the town, and hold an Early Childhood Provider recognition event.
I hope that every adult in this community will take this opportunity to make a difference - from volunteering at a local program to supporting efforts that help more young children benefit from quality early education!
April 11, 2007 - Letter submitted by George W. King, Knightstown
I was pleased to read that many people appreciated my contribution to the Greensboro Fire Barn. But I must set the record straight.
When I heard that the town council had decided to sell the old facilities and purchase land and put up new, I was very opposed! I was against it as I felt we did not need to spend money when what we had was working - yes, we were faced with ongoing repairs, but fine!
I am so glad that Larry and Mary Adkins had the foresight and willpower to bring us kicking and screaming into the new facilities. Through their persistence an determined work, they kept after the powers that be and got us the grants so that our out-of-pocket cost for the new facilities was probably less than the repairs we were forced to make just to keep the old buildings safe.
Yes, I did help, but I was just doing my part. Larry and Mary worked untold hours (it might not have been on a piece of heavy equipment, but work nonetheless) and provided the leadership needed to get the job done.
Now we all need to get together and see what we can do with the abandoned properties in Greensboro. I have tried to find out who owns some of them and no one knows - I guess the tax records will show. If we can get title to them, they could be torn down and the lots can be sold for new homes in the town or used as open grass lots - either would be a great improvement. Let's see if we can all work together and follow the leader from one end of town to the other. If we work together, we can have an even nicer town that what we already have.
April 11, 2007 - Letter submitted by Rex Bell, chairman, Libertarian Party of Wayne County
The Henry County Commissioners recently announced that Henry County needs more parking spaces for its county employees. While that news may be troubling, it is not surprising.
On the previous day, the paper had listed the top 10 employers in the county. It turns out that four of those top 10 are actually units of government. That's right in line with neighboring Wayne County, where four of the top 10 employers are also government entities, but not quite in keeping with the federal and state government.
Federal agencies are the number one employer in Indiana, with 33,511 employees, while state agencies follow closely with 33,040. Throw in all of the city, town, county and township employees in Indiana, and the total number of government employees reaches 325,000, and is growing. Now, compare that to the number of Hoosiers employed in direct manufacturing: 570,000 and shrinking.
That's not to say that we don't need public servants to carry out the necessary duties of a good and limited government. But we also need to remember the burden that excessive government places on the citizens that work to support that government - not just in terms of the wages paid to public officials and employees, but also the cost of their benefits and retirement plans that will burden our children and grandchildren.
One solution to this problem might be to start electing people that actually believe in smaller, limited government. People like Libertarians, perhaps. Or, we could hire county employees based on the number of available parking spaces.
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