Making the case, again, for Pre-K education 

Last fall, I wrote a letter to the editor in support of pre-kindergarten for all Brunswick kids after learning Brunswick was considering a PreK program at the Kate Furbish Elementary School when it opens in 2020. Recent news in the June 4 edition of the Times Record that the Coffin School will offer 30 PreK spots beginning this fall is cause for another letter in support of PreK. This is exciting news for our community and our youth.
Quality early learning programs, including PreK, are critical tools to support kids at an age when incredibly rapid brain development is taking place. Quality early education helps develop not just kids’ cognitive skills, but also their social and emotional skills. It helps kids build a solid learning and developmental foundation and puts them on a strong track. With a good foundation, kids are more likely to do well in school, stay in school, graduate high school and go on to postsecondary studies.
With the support of early learning like PreK, kids have a better chance to succeed in life. This means they are less likely to participate in criminal activity, thereby reducing crime in the long run and keeping our communities safer. Multiple studies show this to be true.
I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: Pre-K is one of the most effective crime prevention tools that exists. Every kid deserves a shot at a great life. Early learning programs can help. Kudos to Brunswick for prioritizing PreK. It is an invaluable investment in our youth and our community. 
Richard J. Rizzo 
Chief of Police, Brunswick 


Trump banner stolen 

After three weeks my Trump banner was stolen. It lasted longer than I thought in this ultra-liberal town. I want the Democrat socialist communists who took it to know just how much support I got for it. Most Trump supporters don’t dare support him openly. I was told many times it would torn down or worse. The Democrats have gone nuts and done nothing for this country for 10 years. God Bless Trump and his next victory. 

Ernest Lamarre, 

Brunswick