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Letters: Don't settle for sub-par daycare

Johnson City Press • Sep 27, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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Don’t settle for sub-par daycare

Here lately there’s been a lot of press about providing adequate education and proper buildings for the school-aged children. I am very supportive of the movement that’s happening locally in Jonesborough of providing quality education for the kiddos. However as a parent of a toddler, I want to address that good quality education doesn’t start in kindergarten or even with public school, it begins at 6 weeks old until 4 years old in private daycare centers across the nation.

As a new parent or a veteran parent that is looking for childcare, please don’t settle for just any childcare center without touring it and asking in-depth questions to the directors, observe the teacher that your child is going to have, ask about policies, and don’t settle for what you think you can afford.

It’s a place of business, and you get what you pay for, it’s like buying a product. There is evidence in the education world that supports quality early childhood education as vital for future success in elementary school and even graduating high school.

I encourage all the parents that have children in childcare or planning to put their new babies in childcare to use their voice for their child or children to get the best early education now. It will pay off.

HANNAH HOLDER
Jonesborough

Expand health coverage now

Despite being a physician for over 30 years, Phil Roe is not following through on his life commitment to take care of patients. Tennessee is one of 14 states in the US that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

When the ACA was implemented, creators envisioned that low-income people would receive coverage through Medicaid, so it did not provide financial support to certain groups of people. This “coverage gap” exists for adults whose incomes are above Medicaid eligibility cutoffs but below marketplace tax limits. Many of these families are part-time workers or have an unreliable source of income. Had Tennessee chosen to expand our health care, these adults would be covered, allowing them to access reliable health insurance in life-threatening situations.

Along with leaving thousands of citizens without an affordable coverage option, 13 rural hospitals in Tennessee have closed down, and at least 15 more have lost funding for three consecutive years. Our hospitals are falling one by one, and the loss hits smaller towns harder because they have less funding. To reach a hospital in the case of an emergency, county ambulances could drive over an hour. Considering the precious seconds that mark the difference between life and death, this is unacceptable.

SHAN SHAN LIANG
Johnson City

Smoking is bad for business

It is a shame that they want to develop downtown, but if Johnson City allows smoking and vaping in bars and restaurants, you will never attract the crowd you want downtown.

I lived through this battle once before in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. But when the local ordinance was passed and enforced, it only took a week of slow business and business came back 10-fold.

So many in this community have lung problems and still go to these places and endure the vape and smoke because they enjoy the atmosphere and are poor.

The high-end places do not have smoking. They know their market. Do you really know yours?

I have run into people here in Johnson City who say they would go eat at this place or that if they did not allow smoking.

What kills me is the medical people who not only condone it, but also smoke in some cases.

So, you are spending millions to attract people who will not come. What a waste of money. Smoking is so 1970s and before.

JOHN DONOVAN
Johnson City

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