Opinion

Our Voice: Thumbs up to healthy kids

Health care access

To the new school-based health clinics to be added in Kennewick and Pasco. Both will be located near schools with a high number of students from low-income families.

Struggling parents have enough stress without the added burden of driving out of their way for basic health care. Now, a visit to the doctor will be much simpler to manage.

The Kennewick clinic will be by Amistad Elementary School and the Pasco clinic is being placed near Ellen Ochoa Middle School.

The school districts provided the land for the buildings, but the health clinics’ operations will be managed by Tri-Cities Community Health, a nonprofit organization. A federal grant of $500,000 is paying for the projects in both cities.

Construction has already started at the Ochoa site and ground is scheduled to be broken this week at the Kennewick location.

Cost to the students are on a sliding scale, though no one would be refused care if they couldn’t pay.

The clinics will provide well checkups, sports physicals immunizations and treatment for minor illnesses.

This is an exciting benefit to the community and a welcome relief to low-income families who need a convenient place for their health care needs.

Helping kids grieve

To Cork’s Place in Kennewick for giving children and teens a place where they can grieve the death of a loved one and deal with their feelings in healthy way.

The program, part of The Chaplaincy, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and we are glad there has been such a comforting place in the community all these years.

Last school year, 46 kids were helped by the program.

Dealing with the loss of a love one is hard no matter your age, but children and teens have special needs that facilitators at Cork’s Place can address.

Children from as young as 3 years old to teens in high school meet twice a month to work through their feelings while parents and others caregivers meet in their own support group. This way entire families can get the help they need to move on with their lives.

This is an important program that helps people during the worst times of their lives, and we congratulate those involved in keeping it going for 10 years.

Hiding voting information

To a unit at the Pentagon for failing to disclose testing results of its internet voting system.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program has funded many states’ switch to online voting for absentee ballots, but for the past three years has failed to release the results of safety tests it conducted on the system.

Computer experts have warned that the program can be easily hacked and election results could be at risk.

Many of those who use the system are soldiers and other Americans working overseas. With an election looming in November, people need to know if their vote is safe online.

With the Pentagon keeping the test results closed, it makes those using its online voting system suspicious.

That’s no way to run an election.

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