Patty Murray did a great job with her follow-up to the President’s State of the Union Address (“Senator Patty Murray responds to Obama’s State of the Union Address,” Tacoma Weekly, Jan. 31, 2014). She spoke of both early childhood education and the safety net that she knows from personal experience. A former preschool teacher, she has seen the “value of early childhood education.” Once, when she was growing up, her family needed the safety net government provides and even used food stamps.
No wonder she fights so hard for these programs. And as the only woman to ever get a budget passed in the Senate and get the compromise negotiated with Rep. Paul Ryan, there is no question of her effectiveness. Now is the time to say thank you and keep up the good work, Senator Murray.
We need the universal early childhood education program and an effective safety net to help families as they still recover from America’s Great Recession.