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Child care

vital to all

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to all. Children help us remember how to laugh, learn patience, enjoy life. They also allow us to smile everyday and take time out for the little things in life. As child care providers, we want to acknowledge your children as wonderful, enthusiastic members of Stevens County this Thanksgiving. We see daily what children learn and how they develop.

The Stevens County Childcare Association feels that quality home child care is important. Providers help children with physical needs, daily tasks, learn academics and manners as well as work with parents to help children become successful adults. The association provides insight on information to help providers create a quality home child care setting. This summer it was stated in the Morris Sun Tribune that Minnesota has one of the highest rates for child care in the U.S. The article also stated that the cost of two full-time children in daycare is over $22,000 a year. According to an anonymous poll taken by the Stevens County Childcare Association, the cost of two full-time children in daycare is less than $10,000 a year.

The providers of the Stevens County Childcare Association are helping parents mold the children of Stevens County. On Thanksgiving, please remember your child in a special way, as well as everyone involved in your child's life. They help us stay young and that is something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jone Anderson, ViAnn Freese, Paula Hamm, Marie Hanson, Judy Hein, Belinda Busche, Jackie Dripps, Darcy Fuhrman, Meredith Lhotka, Vicki Dalager, Donna Berlinger, Stacie Manska, Terry Maloney

Stevens County Child Care Association Members

Read the bill

The health care debate has been dragging on for several months and the only thing for certain is that more heat than light has been generated. Recently, one senator on the Senate Finance Committee admitted that he had not read the bill and even if he had he would not have understood it.

His comment reminds me of a passage in Acts 8:30, in which Philip asked an Ethiopian official, "Do you understand what you are reading?" Granted, the passage referred to a prophecy about Jesus and not about health care, but the question seems relevant to the present health care debate.

Presumably, the people we elected to office are educated, or at least they told us they were qualified for the office during the election campaign. I find it hard to fathom that this senator and many others like him will not read a bill of this importance. (One plea that the D.C. Tea Party rally asked for was the assurance that our elected officials would at least read the bills before they sign them.)

To his credit, President Jimmy Carter admitted he could not understand the tax code and directed that "shirt sleeve" English be used so that the code could be understood more easily. His directive was a good idea then and needs to be applied now. If a senator will not read a bill because it is too long and complicated, he and others should inform the writers of that bill that unless it is easily understood they will not sign anything.

I am often reminded to read any document before I sign it. If I do not, it usually affects only me and my family. How much more should this apply to our elected officials to read and understand what they sign, since it affects the whole nation? If they will not read and cannot understand the bill they are reading, they have no right binding the rest of the nation to such a bill.

Allen L. Wold