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Invest in children

Dear Editor:Tuesday night I drove from Carbondale to Avon to hear Dr. Bruce Perry speak on brain development. I took my 11-year-old son with me and as we sat waiting for the program to begin, Beckett leaned over to me, laughed and said “Are you here so you can find out all the ways you messed up your kids?” He was making a joke, at least I hope he was, but his question couldn’t have been better.As parents, we look at our children and want only the best for them. We’d lay down our lives for them if the situation called for it. And we’ve made mistakes that, given a chance, I’m sure we would immediately retract and do differently. If only we had known …Well, we do know! In fact we know quite a bit now about how to “prevent” some of the social ills we face today. Dr. Perry spoke directly to these issues. So it warrants the question: If you could prevent child abuse rather than do life long therapy with children who have already been abused, which would you choose?Referendum 1A gives you a chance to invest in children from a preventative stance.These dollars would go directly to helping children have in place the most successful building blocks for them to start out in life, i.e.: quality child care, immunizations, health services, family home visitations, to name a few.Let’s not wait 30 years, turn around and ask “Are you here so you can find out all the ways you messed up your kids?”. Instead, can we say “See what we did right? It paid off!”Vote YES on 1A.Lee MartinReferral Specialist, Kids FirstGlenwood Springs