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Americans who did not go to all-day kindergarten wrote the Declaration of Independence, defeated Hitler, invented heavier than air flight, discovered penicillin, developed vaccines.

Americans who did not go to all-day Kindergarten split the atom, invented telephones, radios, TVs, computers.

Americans who did not go to all-day kindergarten flew to the moon, wrote Tom Sawyer and Take Me out to the Ballgame, and found and killed Osama bin Laden.

So what will happen if the state budget cuts eliminate full-day kindergarten? There will be a lot of wailing and hand wringing among those vested in such things, but what will happen in the long run?

Nothing will happen.

Nothing will happen except there will be no full-day kindergarten. No one will die or be sent to the juvie, people will adjust and life will go on.

The protests that went on in the Crestwood school district over the potential loss of all-day kindergarten were ridiculous. Six-year-olds holding up protest signs and delivering bags of Kool-Aid money to the school board, please, gimme a break.

As if we are to believe a six-year-old cares if kindergarten is half-day or all-day.

And what will happen if art programs and junior high sports programs are cut because of state budget cuts?

Nothing will happen except there will be no art programs and no junior high sports. School will go on. Life will go on and people will adjust.

And what will happen if the state budget cuts $3 million from the new medical college in Scranton?

Nothing will happen except the college will have $3 million less to spend.

And the school’s president said as much saying the cuts won’t impact the college’s core mission to train new doctors and medical professionals.

If that’s the case, why did the school need the $3 million in the first place?

But back to the public school cuts. Cutting all-day kindergarten, art and junior high sports may be survivable, but is that really the way to cut spending?

Typically 70 percent of a public school’s budget is salaries, benefits and pension funding. So cutting junior high sports to balance a budget would be like cutting the waterboy instead of the backup multi-million dollar quarterback to balance an NFL budget.

County takes a hit

A state hearing examiner – who apparently didn’t go to all-day kindergarten or he’d be good enough at math to know Luzerne County is broke – ordered the county to rehire 36 workers and pay all their lost wages and benefits. That’s going to cost the county more than $1 million a year not counting health insurance and other benefits.

What do these 36 workers do? They work for an agency which finds jobs for adults and underprivileged youths. Wouldn’t you love to know how many jobs these 36 workers found for $1 million?

And what’s the county doing running such a program anyway?

According to a Michelle Malkin column I read recently the federal government spends $18 billion a year on 47 separate job-training programs run by nine different agencies.

And nobody knows if they work because they haven’t been reviewed in almost 10 years.

The state also runs multiple jobs programs under the Department of Labor and Industry.

So we need one at the county level?

Talk about redundancy.

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