Children require time
I was thrilled some weeks earlier to see that the cut-off date for starting kindergarten is being moved to September, but educators just don’t get it.
Some kids just aren’t ready for kindergarten when they are 4 years old, or even 5 years old. Our schools are strapped for cash. Programs are being discontinued, teachers are being let go, but what is the state education department doing — requiring that school districts have a “program” to bridge the gap to kindergarten for late bloomers. Why don’t we save a lot of money, hassle and frustration on our 4-year-olds, and just have them wait another year to start school?
The article in The Tribune “Program will bridge gap to kindergarten” on July 5 said that educators hope the program will give children the time they need “to develop academically, emotionally, physically and socially before entering kindergarten.” Do we have to have a “program” for that? A program can’t teach a child to grow up. That comes with time.
Let’s not throw money into a “program,” when time will do the same thing.
No drilling in Huasna Valley
Let’s drill for Road Asphalt!
This is Excelaron’s enthusiastic quest to extract heavy oil from the currently quiet and pristine Huasna Valley. Excelaron assures the residents that the production impact will be small and mitigations will save the day for the residents and wildlife. The agencies overseeing the mitigation procedures are numerous, far-flung and supported by the taxpayer.
The multitude of issues these agencies may confront (noise, noxious odors, water contamination, dust creation, fire hazards, toxic chemicals, etc.) would challenge the most tenacious of enforcers. One negative incident, a wayward spark or ruptured casing, would be all it takes to create a calamity in the Huasna countryside.
Is the end product, primarily road asphalt, worth the risk and taxpayer expense? Other sources of asphalt are out there — for one, recycled roof shingles. Indeed, there are more desirable alternatives to fill the asphalt need than overwhelming the Huasna Valley with ongoing disruption and pollution.
Abandoning the Excelaron project is the most prudent alternative.