So much for Utah values

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I was horrified to see The Tribune's front page this morning (March 6) with these two headlines: "Senate OKs prison move" and "Bill to expand preschool for at-risk children dies."

So we ignore the needs of these preschool-age, at-risk children, wait for many of them to fail and falter, and build prisons to contain them.

Meanwhile, the prison may be turned over to private management, a step that has invoked serious and worrisome criticism. Developers like Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, rake in profits (no conflict of interest or potential benefit indeed!).

Then we find excuses and false arguments to support our refusal to invest in helping young, at-risk children prepare for school. The denial of support for these preschool programs is not only a bad educational decision for our children — all of them, rich and poor — but it is in conflict with both ethical standards and fiscal benefits for our community.

Are these Utah values?

Joan S. Wolf

Salt Lake City