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Letter for Saturday, May 15, 2021
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Letter for Saturday, May 15, 2021

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No oil pipelines? Start walking, buying candles

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

The recent cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline has caused the governor to declare a state of emergency. Do the people who opposed the Keystone XL and the Atlantic Coast pipelines realize that relying on a single source for a commodity is foolish and dangerous? Pipelines, when completed, represent the most efficient and environmentally safe way of transporting oil, gasoline and natural gas. Maybe these people will get a taste of it when they have no gas for their cars. What would we do if the gas to our power-generating plants gets cut off for a week or more? Go back to coal? Oh, sorry, we tore down all of the plants. Start getting used to walking and and stocking up on candles.

Jim Daniels.

Chester.

Early childhood mental health aid deters issues

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Virginia legislators will be considering the long-term impact of COVID-19 and how to use new federal money. Lawmakers should invest in and fund the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) programs.

Research shows that early intervention is essential to providing the best outcomes in treatment of mental health issues, which have been tied to behavior problems. This often leads to expulsion in Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. Around 250 preschool-aged children are expelled from ECE settings daily across the U.S. Additionally, studies show that ECE providers are more likely to expel students of color than white students. Black students account for 48% of ECE expulsions, but only 18% of ECE enrollments.

Children expelled from ECE settings are more likely to have negative outcomes including mental health issues, engaging in substance abuse, being less likely to complete high school and becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The prevalence of ECE expulsions has termed the “preschool-to-prison pipeline.”

Call to action: Virginia must invest in IECMHC now, which would allow for early identification of mental health disorders and disrupt the preschool-to-prison pipeline.

Jennie Polentes.

Richmond.

Biden’s policies create inflation, shortages

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

In only six months since his election, President Joe Biden is being credited for helping to stem the spread of the coronavirus; should he also not get credit for the economy? Under Biden, depending on where you live, gas now is more than $3 a gallon, up from $1.80 a gallon. This week, gas stations from Georgia up the coast to Virginia have no gas to pump. According to press reports, beef and veal are up 20.2% and eggs rose 10.4% since February. I am afraid to guess what gas, groceries, automobiles and housing will cost by year’s end. Please don’t blame it on a cyberattack problem or that the virus is causing shortages, since inflation and shortages are being created by Biden’s policies.

Gregg Kalata.

Midlothian.

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