Your Opinion: Funding priorities questioned

Dear Editor:

Some weeks ago the new bike bridge opened that is attached to the north Missouri River bridge. I heard that it cost around $6 million dollars. It amazes me that the state always seems to have money to spare when it comes to recreation and fun activities which in this case will benefit only a very small select part of the Missouri population.

It bothers me when I think of how that $6 million could have been better spent if it would have been made available to the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program that has received drastic cuts the last two years. It would have benefited countless numbers of pre-school children who benefit so much with the early identification and intervention of any developing problems that if identified early may be corrected by the time they reach kindergarten age.

I served 30 years on the Fatima school board and I personally witnessed the benefits of early childhood education.

In the late ’80s and early ’90s this state did much the same thing it is doing now. And that was cutting education first. It caused many school districts to face severe cutbacks in academics and nearly bankrupted a number of districts including Fatima. It took years to recover from that lean period.

And now there seems to be a problem developing between some who want to walk their dogs and the bikers. It seems some people are never satisfied. Give me a break.

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