Head Start cuts should be reversed

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By Rosalie Regensberg

First let me say that I’m really sorry to hear that the Head Start program is being cut in funding. In my younger days I was social services coordinator for the Head Start program in Cheyenne, Wyo. I was elected vice chair for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., and president of the Wyoming Head Start Staff Association for the whole state of Wyoming.

This program is one of the most important, serving children from low-income homes, and it not only helps the child get a good head start in life, it benefits the whole family.

Children who have started off in Head Start have gone on to be nurses, doctors, teachers, etc. In the long run, the money invested in the program saves the county, state and nation quite a bit of money. I hope they reconsider and find monies to keep the program funded.

On another note, I was reading where another county manager of Mora County was dismissed, and one of the commissioners mentioned that there had been 11 managers. In the first place the commissioners are violating the personnel manual when they give a manager a contract because the personnel manual is supposed to be the county’s bible, and it is an at-will position. There were five managers under my watch. There was good reason to dismiss all five, but we can never give a reason to the public because one has to be careful what is said about any employee.

However, when the commissioners go against the personnel manual and give managers contracts, which was the case with one manager during my watch, it costs the Mora taxpayers a lot of money because that particular manager sued and received quite a bit of money.

I argued that if the county has a personnel manual, we should follow it, but two other commissioners disagreed and went ahead and gave a contract. I’m no longer in office, but I’m still a taxpayer, and I feel we would have better results if we stuck by the personnel manual

Rosalie Regensberg