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.
Salt Lake City