Con­sider the na­tion’s chil­dren

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Kaitlin Whe­lan,

As the new ad­min­is­tra­tion lays their plans for the next four years, I urge them to keep in mind our coun­try’s fu­ture, the more than 70 mil­lion chil­dren. To en­sure chil­dren thrive, we must con­tinue to sup­port their phys­i­cal and emo­tional well-be­ing. Pro­grams like Med­i­caid, SNAP and WIC need con­tin­ued fund­ing. It is a shame that in a coun­try like ours, a child could be left with­out health care or food when their fam­ily falls to hard times. If th­ese safe­tynet pro­grams lose fund­ing, we could see this hap­pen­ing more and more. Fi­nally, we must con­tinue to im­prove our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems to pro­vide our chil­dren with the tools they need, so they can be­come the next set of lead­ers to change the world. I hope the pres­i­dent and Con­gress will keep this in mind as they con­tinue to work to keep Amer­ica great.

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