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Lots of Empty Seats

Sequester hits close to home for Head Start

August 22, 2013

To the families and employees of the Northern Panhandle Head Start in Moundsville, the 37 empty seats on display Wednesday at the Fourth Street facility represent 37 local children who lost services......

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Aug-22-13 2:16 AM

Society would much better if employers would just pay better wages and families raised their own children instead of depending on the government to do it for them.

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Aug-22-13 6:57 AM

8 people in the picture who are supporting head start can each donate $33,750 and close the funding gap! Or is this an attempt to get MY money (tax payer and all)?

5% funding (tax payer money) cut is a lot less than most family's have cut! We have a 17 trillion dollar debt with an estimated 70 trillion dollar debt counting unfunded program(s). So tax payer liability is about 24x income. Take that to the bank and see if they are willing to loan you money!

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Aug-22-13 8:23 AM

Who cares about the taxpayers who have to fund all these programs? Contrary to Hillary Clinton's belief that children belong to the "village," it's not the responsibility of the federal government, i.e., the taxpayers, to provide these so-called services.

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Aug-22-13 9:07 AM

"My grandchildren go to Head Start and if there wasn't Head Start, they would have to be home alone," Moundsville Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt said. "There would be no food for them, no teeth brushed, no children to play with to learn to socialize."

Really???? This grandmother and the parents of these 3-5 year olds would leave their kids at home? Alone?? Dirty teeth and hungry?? She is essentially saying that without the Nanny State these children would starve, loose their teeth and be friendless w/ the parents (Grand) helpless to prevent that.

This is quite the disturbing statement, but I'm sure shared among many liberals/progressives.

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Aug-22-13 9:20 AM

i never wanted someone else to raise my wife and i worked opposite shifts so we could raise her.worked out well.

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Aug-22-13 10:28 AM

A true sign of the degradation of our society.

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Aug-22-13 1:48 PM

A funding cut of 5% results in those kind of cutbacks? No way! Liberals playing the emotion game. How about watching your own grandchildren, Grandma. I want to throw up.

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Aug-22-13 1:58 PM

The headstart program is an amazing thing my son is it rite now and It has improved his social skills and learning so much! Everyone wants to complain about todays youth, yet when a program like this is cut that is all we r doing hurting our youths future!

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Aug-22-13 2:32 PM

really77 - the people that make these comments on here do not care about the youths future. They would much prefer that only people who can afford to send their own children to school be able to do so (not just pre-school, but all levels of education), and all the rest either remain uneducated or just go away. They do not want them to be provided with the opportunity to become useful members of society. Though I have met many "rich kids" that are more a burden on society than the poorer ones. This is why I typically do not read the comments made by the readers of this newspaper, too many are basically useless comments made by useless people. They do not care about others.

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Aug-22-13 4:06 PM

I believe there is a way out of this issue and it belongs squarely in the laps of Republican Legislators. Stop playing games with our budget and drop the ill willed attitudes towards our President. Have you forgotten that we are the United States of America and we should all be in this together?

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Aug-22-13 5:39 PM

If this is so catastrophic, why is everyone in the picture smiling? Did the photographer shout, "say cheese?"

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Aug-22-13 5:51 PM

Nope don't care about society! Taxes and fees take 53% of my income! So my labor is more for you than me.....

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Aug-22-13 6:35 PM

let's spend a few more trillion on phony wars and make another 70 million for Cheney.

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Aug-22-13 6:52 PM

Idiot Republicans bantering on this thread and blaming liberal thought, please crawl in a hole and shut the*****up.

As for those who have common sense, let's push the State Leaders to utilize a chunk of the tax revenues collected from gambling to fund the Head Start programs in West Virginia. Children who attend a Head Start program ARE better prepared when they get to kindergarten, including their social skills. It's an important program that our leaders have an opportunity to save.

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Aug-22-13 8:03 PM

The truth hurts, eh jeff? LOL

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Aug-22-13 10:08 PM

WVEXPAT-that is exactly what I was about to comment about. I am in favor but I cannot believe this council woman said this. They would be left at home alone-then they would be in states custody.

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Aug-23-13 12:51 AM

there goes the free babysitter.

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Aug-23-13 11:04 AM

From the article “My grandchildren go to Head Start and if there wasn't Head Start, they would have to be home alone," Moundsville Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt said. "There would be no food for them, no teeth brushed, no children to play with to learn to socialize.”

This quote is enlightening. As Hillary Clinton said, “It takes a village...” to produce enough property tax revenue to fund babysitters so Progressive mothers and grandmothers can spend their days self-actualizing instead of responsibly feeding, bathing, and socializing their children and grandchildren.

The liberal motto: We birth ‘em, you raise ‘em.

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Aug-23-13 11:48 AM

I am against abortions-but- If you can't afford to have and properly raise kids- don't have them. Sound cruel? Face the facts!

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Aug-23-13 2:54 PM

Is this an all day program or something? Use to be for 3 hours a day just like pre-schools were.

I thought it was intended to get the kids up to par because mid class people all send kids to pre school and these kids would start K behind, not knowing socialization, ABC's etc. Was not intended to be daycare.

This DeWitt made a really bad comment and really makes me reconsider my support for the program.

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Aug-23-13 3:28 PM

The program is based on income for eligibility. If you are lower middle income you are not eligible. $250-$350 per week for private pre-school/day care. So for $13,000 the lower middle income family can get service. More than they pay for a mortgage in most cases! So why work when everything is handed to those in the lowest income brackets???

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Aug-23-13 3:29 PM

$13,000 per year.

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Aug-23-13 4:24 PM

I'm sure there have been lots of success stories of Head Start kids and probably more where the program has saved young lives. But even HHS own report doesn't show clear effectiveness on development and socialization. "In the overall samples, on most indices of cognitive-academic development and social-emotional development, the impacts of Head Start and EHS do not persist into elementary school (e.g., first grade for Head Start; fifth grade for EHS). On average, across children in the EHSREP and HSIS, when analyzed within the experimental design of the studies, the positive effects of program experiences dissipate early in elementary school for Head Start and by the end of elementary school for EHS5". (Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation Final Report August 2012)

Also, the article indicates the budget was cut by 5%. Are there not other places in the budget where 5% can be absorbed w/o cutting "seats"?

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Aug-23-13 6:04 PM

So my problem isn't so much with Head Start as it is w/ comments such as Ms. DeWitt and other posters here. Truly a sad state when people feel the need to rely on the Nanny state vs family/friends or taking responsibilty for their actions.

The bad thing about liberalism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money. I believe the original quote was from Margaret Thatcher about socialism, but it applies here.

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Aug-23-13 8:25 PM

This loss has caused my 3 year old daughter to lose her spot in the head start program! She learned so much in Ohio county's early head start program that I'm so upset over this. I now have to bring her to work with me (thank god my boss is nice enough to allow this) but this is now causing her to have so social interactions with other kids her age! Which is hurting her emotionally, she keeps asking if its her turn to go to school yet??

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