America has changed over the past 60 years. For the most part, gone are the days of the traditional two-parent family, where one parent stayed at home to manage household affairs and the other earned a living. Today’s modern world allows for the freedom of single-parent families without shame.
But with this modern family arises a new dilemma — what do to with the children while the parent goes to work? Fortunately the government has provided a solution — but only half a solution. Currently the county government provides family financial assistance for food through WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program) and through other welfare programs. But what about those parents who wish to work?
This is where our county government could step up to the plate and do some real good in our community by providing County Daycare Centers. Since our county is so larger, there should be a County Daycare Center in every municipality so all parents have easy access. In addition, these County Daycare Centers should be housed in new county buildings, because we can’t afford for our children to stay in older, possibly mold- or asbestos-infected buildings. Plus the new construction of each of these daycare centers would mean more jobs to our local economy. Each County Daycare Center would be fully staffed with state-certified professionals, so our children would only receive the best care and learning experience possible.
Finally, the County Daycare Centers should be free to any parent in Klamath County. To pay for this great community benefit, we all just need to give a little. One levy and one special taxing district should do the trick:
- $0.72/$1,000: 20 year bond for new construction
- $0.18/$1,000: to pay for ongoing costs/labor
Just think, for less than $1 (per thousand of assess property value) our county can be the first in the state to offer such a wonderful family service. We will show the rest Oregon (and the country) how much Klamath County cares about families. This raising of the community’s spirit is exactly what we need during these tough economic times where people are often down or discouraged.
Just think of how many new families might move to our county to take advantage of these free County Daycare Centers? Then think of all the economic benefits from the influx of these new people?
This is a good thing to do. It is a compassionate thing to do. It is the right thing to do. What use is government if it can’t help the people it supposedly serves?
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