Letter to the editor:
To some, supporting the Children’s Trust of Lincoln County is a matter of economics – society saves in the long run by providing services to children now. They cite studies showing that early childhood education saves taxpayers $16 for every $1 invested, outside of school development programs, $8-12 per $1, etc.
To me, it is more a matter of giving children the opportunities they deserve to succeed and become the positive force in society we all want them to be (hey, they will run this country soon!). It is also the right thing to do.
In November, we have the opportunity to provide a boost to essential services for children, for the minimal cost of about two lattes per month($5.80/month for a $200,000 home). This will create a local, stable, efficient source of funding for youth programming.
In Lincoln County, the needs are great: rates of poverty, child abuse, and homelessness are well higher than the state averages. Parenting is a tough, stressful task when you’re struggling to make ends meet with multiple part-time, minimum wage jobs. Having a free after school program to rely on, so you know your kids are safe while you’re still at work, reduces stress. So does affordable childcare, precious little of which currently exists. And reduced stress makes for better parenting, and thus for more successful kids.
Many safeguards are in place to ensure the Trust’s funds are spent responsibly, and I urge everyone to read the details on its website: childrenstrustoflincolncounty.org.
The Trust is modeled on the Portland Children’s Levy, which, after the first five years of operation, received overwhelming voter support for another five years. I have every confidence we’ll see the same thing happen in Lincoln County five years from now.
Chris Graamans, 95399 Hwy 101, Yachats. 541-547-3410
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