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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
 

I am in agreement with the editorial “Universal pre-K? It would be a huge waste that would dwarf Head Start's failure”. However, I think its analysis is flawed.

As a defense for its position, the editorial offers what is logically the opposite of what the Obama administration proffers in regard to pre-K education, which is not the reason for the program. What is the reason?

In my opinion, the reason is power and control: the motivating factor of radical left-wing liberals for everything, all the time. Do you think ObamaCare is about health care or that the GM bailout was about saving GM? If so, maybe I can interest you in some stock in Monsour Medical Center.

Follow the money. Billions of tax dollars to fund universal pre-K would go to hire and pay thousands of new teachers, which translates into new union members whose dues are then funneled into the campaign coffers of Democrats, all funded by taxpayers. Is that control or what?

As a subtopic: Either ban public-employee unions from making political campaign donations or require that they donate to each party equally. Even though tax dollars come from the same pool, we are not all of the same political persuasion.

Rudolph Puchan

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