All Things Considered
5:37 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Your Comments: On Early Childhood Ed, Health Exchanges and World Records

Time now for some of your comments on some recent news stories:

NHPR's Brady Carlson and Sarah Ashworth read from recent listener comments.

This week Sam Evans-Brown reported on a state effort to win federal funding toward early childhood education. This is a field where salaries are traditionally low, and Marie Davis wrote a comment that better wages will improve quality. She writes that she drove her baby an hour to a center:

because I knew she'd be safe, and have an age appropriate curriculum with caring providers, because THEY had a wage that didn't pay the same as flipping burgers, or running a cash register...

Early childhood professionals, the ones who really care, and want to be in that environment really deserve a better wage, it's a tough job, and in order to get the right people teaching and caring for kids who are at such a vulnerable, and trying, age, we really need to be able to pay them what the job is worth.

Marcia Emery wrote in about Todd Bookman’s coverage of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s announcement of a “narrow network” for those getting individual health insurance through the new health insurance exchanges. Todd reported that health insurance companies are betting consumers will choose lower costs over broader access. Marcia writes:

I don’t know whom they polled to find out that individuals would prefer limited network access.  It wasn't me...and how could they, as I'm currently not enrolled anywhere… I think we should do whatever we can to get this reconsidered...and time is short.

Finally, last week we looked at the history of world records in New Hampshire, ahead of an attempt on Lake Winnipesaukee to set a new record for “the largest free-floating raft of canoes and kayaks on a single water body.”

This attempt came up short – they needed around 2000 paddlers but had about 300. But we did get a comment on another record attempt from Lorraine Ellis, who said:

Back in 1977 (I think) Hopkinton High School chorus sang for 38 hours straight, breaking the record of 36. However, another group then sang for 40 hours later in the year, so we never got into the officially published book.

We’d like to hear your voice, singing or not, on our news coverage. Post a comment here on NHPR.org, or visit the Connect menu to find a range of ways to share your comments and questions.

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