Being Political

A few weeks ago one of Charlie’s therapists let me know that they would be going another year without a pay increase. They wouldn’t even be given a raise for cost of living and they pay for all their own gas. Considering how much gas is squeezing everyone’s budget, I thought this was awful. Teachers don’t get great pay, but we’re pretty much guaranteed an incremental increase each year. So, I got all political and sent the following e-mail to some of our family members and a couple of friends.

Dear Friends and Family:
I am writing today about something that I feel is very important. I am not a very political person, but this particular issue has hit pretty close to home and I feel that I must say something.

Charlie, as many of you know, had a very difficult birth. He began receiving therapy at three months of age and now sees five different therapists at different times of the month. These therapists have been provided to us free of charge through a program called Early Steps. Early Steps provides therapists in the home. This is very important because some children are medically fragile and are at-risk whenever they are around large groups of people. It is also beneficial because the therapists help you learn how to help your child using the things that you already own. Every state is required to have some type of Early Intervention Program by the Federal government. This is because they realize the importance of reaching kids early. The brain is still finishing it’s development and great strides can be made at this time.

Three years ago, pay for Early Steps providers was cut by 25%. This year, a proposal to increase pay was removed from House Bill One. Already, Early Steps is having difficulty getting enough providers. Charlie waited six months to get a physical therpaist. Early Steps Providers need to be paid competatively. Without competative pay, they will go get jobs elsewhere. Please don’t do to Early Steps what we did to public schools in the 90s. Teacher pay was low and schools suffered. There was a teacher shortage. These children deserve every chance they can get. Please don’t deprive them of that by making it so difficult to find providers. If you can, please take the time to contact a state representative and express you concern. Specifically mention Early Steps and House Bill One.

You can use the following link to get your state representative’s e-mail address or telephone number:
http://house.louisiana.gov/ Please pass this along if you can.

I guess I feel like I need to address one more thing. I’m sure that you, like myself, feel that we pay for too many things already. Perhaps you don’t think that tax dollars need to be spent serving at-risk children. Here’s the thing: Pay now or pay later. If these kids dont’ get the help and attention they need then they will end up on disability at age 18. We’ll be supporting them for the rest of their lives. This is our best shot to help them fulfill their potential and become contributing members of society. You will end up paying for these kids–just decide if you want to do it for three years or for fifty.

I’m including a picture of all the progress Charlie has made in just ten months. Few doctors would have thought this possible. I know that this is because of all the hard work we put in in conjuction with Early Steps.

Thank You,

Katy


Well, you know how these things go–my husband passed it on to a friend who happens to work with a state representative. The friend printed it out, gave it to said representative, and then added a written note letting him know that if he ever wanted to meet Charlie personally, he could.

Ohmyfreakinlord.

A politician invited to my house. I’m not sure I even like politicians. I am thankful that the guy is really busy and probably won’t have time. Still, my nerves!

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Comments

  1. Good for you, KM! I think it’s very exciting–look how you took time out to write that and it might actually make a difference. Plus, it is a very well-written letter. I especially like how you anticipate and respond to opposing viewpoints toward the end–good work!

  2. Good job Katy, you are going to be quite the advocate!

    Hugs,
    ~Becca

  3. Haz Bien says:

    Way to go! That is great… I will say a prayer that this letter gets in the right hands, and that something is done ASAP, without having any politicians in your house! Ha. You raised several good points in the letter — how could anyone ever say no to that?!?

  4. Girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl, you know he’s a show’in up!!! Nothing a Loooosi-anna politician loves more than a kissin da babie piccha!

    Clean that house mama!

    LOL…oh and I know one down in your neck of the woods to…perhaps I’ll shoot him and email to, after all two heads are better than one. Or erm may equal one in politician circumstances.

  5. Nice letter. I wrote to my representatives just once…. to protest amnesty against illegal immigrants. I have no problems with legal immigrants considering I am one myself but it bugs me that others seem to think it is ok to jump over the torturous process I had to go through. – That is TMI I am sure.

    I hope that your letter receives a better response than mine. I got back a form letter that basically said – I understand your concerns that is why I am voting for the amnesty bill – say what????

  6. fertylemyrtle@hotmail.com says:

    Great letter! Pardon me if I’m dumb, but is that just in Louisiana or all states? The bill, that is.

  7. Small Town Girl says:

    Nice! Wouldn’t it be cool if your letter actually made a difference. Then you could be like “hey, I did that!” :)

  8. Mommy07 says:

    ok so first off I am posting under this because it was today’s entry, but I am responding to your post “scars”.

    You hit the nail right on the head about how I felt after my son was born in November. After a perfect pregnancy my son came into the world with brain swelling and an abnormal EEG. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I am still sorting out the feelings that followed. Noah is 6 1/2 months old and doing remarkably well, he is perfectly healthy and developmentally “normal” but I am still always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maybe it won’t, and maybe all I will be left with is the greatest life lesson that all of this has taught me…and my beautiful boy who is my miracle.
    I would love to hear about your little guy, his story…what happened when he was born. Noah’s “trauma” is a mystery as he was born fine after an unremarkable labor and delivery and then developed all these symptoms hours later, and then they disappeared as quickly as they came. Blogging has helped me sort out my feelings and connect with other moms…anyhow, thanks for sharing your story through your eloquent words!
    survivingnoah.blogspot.com