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1A an important initiative

Dear Editor:I am proud to be a part of an area that has internationally well-respected ski resorts and – come Nov. 7 – I also hope to be proud to be part of a community that is known throughout the country for the care it gives its young children.I will be voting for Referendum 1A because it is a forward-thinking and comprehensive way to provide our youngest community members with proven services that will help their childhood (and by extension their adult years) be productive and fulfilling ones. As one of the members of the strategic-planning process last year that explored the need for family supports in Eagle County, I was struck by how many gaps and needs were brought to our attention by concerned community members. I travel often to other parts of the state and as close by as our neighboring counties. There is a lot more we can be doing right here and right now to give our young ones the best possible start in life.The good news is that the timing for 1A is excellent. The brain development research is showing society conclusively that the early years are THE TIME to provide young people with enriching experiences. Many studies are also indicating that particular program models – including many of the ones that are being considered for our area – deliver solid results. Also, Eagle County is coming of age as a place that can create an active and nurturing life for its families. I know many people who support this important initiative and are voting for 1A. I am, and I hope you will too. Thank you.Jane WestEagle

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