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[Susan notes: Hats off to this writer: great letter on Head Start. And look how short it is.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

Re "The Hope of Head Start," by Alvin F. Poussaint (Op-Ed, July 22):

It used to be said of liberals that they cared more for ideas than for people. Now, that appears to be true of conservatives.

In his zeal to shed federal programs, President Bush seems to be putting his philosophy ahead of facts. Anyone who has spent a working life in the public education system will validate the results adduced by Dr. Poussaint Head Start is a federal program that works.

Another axiom is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." With the growing gap between rich and poor, educated and not, this program should be enhanced, not restructured.

Frederic Wile

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