Keep link to Trump by re-electing Tenney

The president of the U.S., recognizing Rep. Tenney’s strong support, came to Utica to help her campaign. That is a significant endorsement.

Tenney backed many of the president’s successful initiatives creating jobs, giving tax cuts to most Americans, increasing business investment and more. The congresswoman has a strong connection with the White House. It is a unique and valuable asset not to be discarded thoughtlessly. Her voice will be heard regarding decisions that affect our region.

Our country has made a strong recovery under the Trump administration yet upstate New York remains one of the poorest regions in the country. Continuing progress on the federal level is needed to overcome the problems we have with New York’s high taxes, high energy prices and multi-layers of regulations.

Re-elect Rep. Tenney, keep our link to the White House.

David B. Goldenson, Utica


Teaching mental health a good first step

It was commendable to read the Sept. 1 O-D article by Amy Neff Roth about the state-funded mandate that local schools now teach mental health as part of their health curriculum.

Although specific classes are not devoted to health until middle and high school, it was noted that one half of all mental health conditions have begun by age 14 years of age.

Many experts have said that personality traits are formed well before entrance into kindergarten. A good early childhood educated teacher can set up routines, explain proper rewards for a child’s successes as well as short-comings and discuss relationships with the other “students”, whether they be of different skin color or different ethnicity. The fact that each child is important is a key lesson to be taught.

The current movie (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood) depicts the style of relating to children by Fred Rogers, who died in 2003. Each young child is accepted by at least one person, even though he doesn’t feel he deserves it.

Funding early childhood education via Universal Child Care, including parenting education, in the public schools, makes so much more sense than adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Remediation for failed learning skills and personality disorders is so much more expensive and difficult to treat when the importance of the first 3 years of life has been ignored.

Dr. Thomas A Clark, New Hartford

Dr. Clark is a retired Utica pediatrician.