Early educators are important
From birth to age, a child’s brain grows faster than any other time in life — making the early years our best opportunity to ensure kids are ready for success in school and in life. Early learning professionals who care for young children are building strong foundations for kids and for our state’s future.
That’s why this month, I’m joining Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First, in recognizing the importance of early educators.
This year, more than ever before, we have seen just how important trusted, skilled child care providers are to support working families in our communities.
As a retired principal of a pre-K through eighth grade elementary school, I understand the value and benefits of children having a strong and early start in education. The first five years greatly impact the next 85 years of living. We want our children to have a healthy beginning in life — making them thriving individuals with flourishing families. This is the basis of a healthy community.
Therefore, those who care for, teach, guide and inspire our young children are essential for our families, our communities and our economy. All of us benefit when more children arrive at school prepared to be successful.
That’s why I hope you’ll let Arizona’s early childhood providers, teachers and early learning professionals know that you appreciate them. Visit firstthingsfirst.org/sharethecareaz for some ways to say thank you.
Dr. Carlian Dawson, Ed. D.
Re: Mr. Hayworth’s guest column in the April 28 West Valley View: What a load of crap. He tries to expose liberals for their manipulation of language while exhibiting far worse himself.
Mr. Hayworth uses numerous quotation marks — some are to focus on a certain term, but many are because he is faking quotes or twisting terms. Examples: he puts “word salad,” “insane,” “guilt” and “cheap votes” in quotation marks as if someone else used them, not just him.
He decries “open borders,” which very few liberals want, and wrongly implies that being in the United States without authorization is a “crime.” He falsely says the AP doesn’t use the term “illegal” because it stopped calling immigrants “illegals.” No person is illegal. But he doesn’t put quote marks on “invasion” or “amnesty,” which are often used inaccurately, as he does, by far-right conservatives.
What he is showing us is the tactic of some radical talking heads who use buzzwords that inflame the lower levels of their base. Examples: “witch hunt,” “deep state,” “white replacement,” “cancel culture” and “stop the steal.” These catchy phrases substitute for critical thinking and fact-based analysis. For example, while people like Hannity and Carlson shriek about “defunding police,” research shows that fewer than 100 of the 18,000 police agencies have reduced their police budgets, and most of them did so because the pandemic reduced the tax money available to fully fund police.
Language can enlighten or mislead us. So, let’s calm down. The United States is not being invaded, Democrats are not trying to take away your guns, trans athletes are not taking over girls sports, baking a cake for a gay couple does not infringe on your religious rights, raising taxes on millionaires will not weaken the economy, there was no significant election fraud, and Bill Gates does not have a microchip in the COVID-19 vaccine.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hayworth’s column misleads more than it enlightens.
So, I heard on Fox News that President Biden may be banning meat to combat global warming. Then I remembered that Colorado Democrat Gov. Jared Polis had issued a similar proclamation last month.
My first reaction was, “What kind of cockamamie idea will the Democrats cook up next?” But then I read the article they quoted, and it made a bit more sense.
Apparently, a University of Michigan research report found that replacing 50% of animal products with plant-based foods would prevent more than 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gasses by 2030, which is Biden’s target date for a 50% reduction in emissions.
Another article I found in The Guardian argues that animal farming is a major driver of climate change, as well as air and water pollution, soil depletion, and destruction of wildlife habitats.
It’s possible that, in an environmentally sustainable world, we may eventually need to replace meat and other animal products with vegetables, fruits and grains, just as we replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.
I may look and see what the internet and my local supermarket have to offer in terms of plant-based meat products.
Letter to Democrats
You are choosing to leave blue states for one of two reasons: repressive taxes and regulations or your company has relocated for the same reason.
Welcome to our state. You are now paying lower taxes and still have your job that came from a blue state. But if you choose to continue to support the party that destroyed your lifestyle in the blue state you just left, you will have to change your party affiliation or risk replicating the state you just left over time.
Reflect on why you relocated — was it to replicate what you left or was it for a new start in a new place? If so, does changing parties to support your new state serve your life goals?
Virgil E. Warden