Thursday, September 3, 2015

Can funding be boosted for early-childhood programs as a crime-stopping strategy?

READER POLL

Can funding be boosted for early-childhood programs as a crime-stopping strategy?

Yes, law enforcement officials' support means people will listen
 
  224 (31.4%)
No, don't buy the notion that Pre-K deters crime
 
  344 (48.2%)
Yes, but it will have to await a better economic climate
 
  83 (11.6%)
No, Head Start-type programs have become a political football in Red State / Blue State battles
 
  152 (21.3%)
Total votes = 713
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Letters to the Editor
Wolf's war on choice Gov. Wolf's intervention in Chester Upland School District is not, as The Inquirer suggests, a "legal alternative to a gridlocked legislative process" ("School needs are pressing," Aug. 23). To the contrary, Wolf attempted to usurp legislative authority and balance the district's budget on the backs of special-education charter school students.
UNTIL THREE years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders - temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed U.S. politics with detachment, the way you'd watch a football game between two schools in states you've never been to. When our friends back home in Canada asked if we planned to stay, we'd shrug and joke about the weather being better.