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Benefits of early childhood education

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To the Editor: Early childhood education is to create the fundamental foundation for learning. It provides the social, emotional and educational skills needed to succeed in school and throughout adulthood. Early childhood education does play a crucial role in a child’s development. Our brains do not develop at an even pace. The most rapid brain development occurs in the first five years of life. Obviously, what happens in the first few years are of the greatest importance and has long-term consequences. Young children should be exposed to the broadest possible range of positive experiences. They should be encouraged to learn ...

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Regarding ‘Kneeling during the National Anthem’

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To the Editor: Responses to the “Star-Spangled Banner” protests like Mr. McCann’s [Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Oct. 5] make my head hurt. He says he’s “fine” with protest and demonstration, unless, of course, you’re benefiting from “free public education” [and, I would presume, other public services such as transportation, Social Security, police and fire protection, etc.], make lots of money or live in a country “protected by men and women risking their lives to insure [sic] our freedoms.” So, really, everyone falls into one of those categories, even if you live in the backwoods in Montana and have just chanced upon ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Academic Curtain

Thomas Sowell

Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an "iron curtain," isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape.

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Thomas Sowell – ‘Favors’ to Blacks

Thomas Sowell

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them."

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Thomas Sowell – Our Political Predicament

Thomas Sowell

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the "less insufferable" candidate to be President of the United States.

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Thomas Sowell – Racial Issues

Thomas Sowell

Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education.

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