Utah no kids state

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Re "Bill could fast-track proposed Utah prison relocation" (Tribune, Feb. 19) and "Activist: More pre-K programs in Utah would be tossing cash 'down a rat hole'" (Tribune, Feb. 16):

Our current prison is "highly efficient," but because developers want its 700 acres, we're willing to buy a new $500 million prison and pay for it through sales taxes from the developed land, commerce which I assume would happen elsewhere if the prison stayed in place.

But there's little interest in the Legislature for funding high quality pre-school education, which actually pays back incredible dividends for society and individuals, despite conservative Republican activist and former congressional candidate Cherilyn Eagar calling more education spending "throwing our money down a rat hole."

Hell, even red states Oklahoma and Georgia provide universal voluntary preschool for 4-year-olds.

Well, we're certainly a pro-business state. We're definitely not a pro-children state, despite boasts to the contrary.

John Preston

Salt Lake City