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April 27, 2013

My View: Kids will be kids, but we need parents to be parents


If we don’t improve the way we parent, we will be raising a generation of dependents. Dependent upon parents, loans, government or anybody else that will help them maintain a lifestyle without having to take responsibility for their own life choices. If we don’t do it — the government will, and we know how well the government manages things!

Al DeKruif is a former District 25 state senator. He is the owner of DeKruif Enterprises and Sakatah Trail Resort. He lives in Madison Lake.



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2. School Readiness, Full-Day Kindergarten, and Student Achievement, An Empirical Investigation, Rand Corporation (2006).

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