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Archive for Thursday, June 20, 2002

County duty

June 20, 2002

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"The mission of the Health Department is to protect and promote the health of the population of Douglas County" (http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/medicine/lhdindex.html), including services for: immunizations, communicable disease control, HIV/AIDS education, counseling and testing, sexually transmitted diseases and child health assessments.

State law requires school boards to provide education, not health care. Moreover, taxes to support education are controlled by the irresponsible, gutless, spineless politicians in the state Legislature. They are negligent in their constitutional duty to fund education, let alone health care for children in schools.

Health care includes school counselors, who provide mental health services to disturbed  and disturbing  children in schools. That is also a county responsibility. Tell county commissioners not to be negligent like the Legislature and to provide public health services to our children at our schools. If a missing school nurse does not prevent a child from transmitting disease, or a missing counselor does not help a child learn to behave, all children suffer. We all suffer.

Kurt Thurmaier,

Lawrence

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