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Reduce age limit for assistance

I was very glad to read in April 27’s The Union the article by Ms. Cynthia Schultz regarding the Healthy Families organization. I’m sure it was very good news for many youngsters in the county. I was even happier for them when I read in April 29’s paper that the median income in Nevada County was $45,955 for a family of four.

I would like to suggest that the age limit for assistance be reduced to the moment of conception for both mother and child, until the age of 5 for the child and its mother.

We have a purely political problem as the state has a poor budgetary problem. I would suggest that this health care for mother and child be financed by tobacco taxes, whether they come from local, state or federal funds. These taxes were intended for the health and protection of our children. Let’s use them for their intended purpose.



Lawrence R. Sayre

Grass Valley


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