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All of us will probably be affected by budget cuts made in the coming weeks by our state legislators. We face a dire economic forecast with no assurances of a quick turnaround. One cut that will impact Georgia's children for years to come is the funding of school nurses.

Ten percent of Georgia's children have asthma. At the American Lung Association, we view school nurses as an important partner for parents and physicians in the care of children with asthma. Asthma attacks translate to missed school days, missed workdays for parents, hospitalizations, the list goes on.

We can't cure asthma, but we can reduce asthma episodes. With the help of school nurses, these children have a chance to benefit fully from their schooling.

For all these reasons and more, legislators must find the money to maintain funding for school nurses. Parents, grandparents, family and friends, please speak up for our school nurses.

June Deen
American Lung Association of Georgia

Time for conservatives to take a strong stand
You asked for it!

People crying "woe is me" over the current state of the country should look at themselves in the mirror. We have had many opportunities to vote our conscious for whomever we wanted to lead our country.
We (you) voted for this current administration. We've got four years to decide if this is the way we want our country to go.

Republicans, conservatives, independents or just common-sense people (me) need to wake up now! We had better take a stand for our policies and beliefs before we become a socialist nation.

I thank God for the freedom that we have in this country. Let us all pray we keep it.

Daniel Fortner

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