Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
Ours has become a "Charge It" society in more ways than one.
Yesterday, the hidden costs, not just to children whose families can't afford preschool, but to all of society, of not ponying up for early childhood education were spelled out. What's at stake is far more than equipping youngsters with certain skill sets or trying to even out the playing field somewhat for kids born into less opportunity that others.
A number of Facebook Friends who lived in Southern California 20 years ago posted memories of the Northridge earthquake, which struck the west San Fernando Valley, east Simi Valley and northwestern parts of Los Angeles 20 years ago yesterday. I lived in Simi Valley. Here's the memory I posted.