'Children First' program worth tax dollars

Published: February 22, 2013
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It puzzles me that state Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, authored House Bill 1063 to eliminate Children First, a program that teaches at-risk parents appropriate ways to nurture and discipline children and how to keep them safe. McCullough actively pushed for legislation to reduce services directed at preserving Oklahoma's families and is the author of House Bill 1548, which would not allow couples married longer than 10 years to divorce on the grounds of incompatibility if there are minor children living in the homes or if either party objects.

Some Oklahoma lawmakers submit bills to promote themselves as being pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family. Yet they fail to demonstrate they understand the importance of helping parents learn to raise healthy children. Too many Oklahoma babies are shaken or beaten to death, go unfed or untended by the adults who should care for them, or experience violence between adults in their homes. How can we continue to tolerate these deaths and the physical and emotional abuse of little ones?

I'm tired of pro-life programs that seem to abandon children once they're born. If the Children First program can reduce the incidence of these events, teach relationship skills to parents to strengthen families and reduce domestic violence and protect at-risk kids, it's worth my tax dollars.

Sue Moore, Edmond


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