Letter: Working families still suffering – Salisbury Post

My 4.5 year old son has been attending the Cornerstone Child Development Center in Salisbury for about four years.

A few weeks ago, I received a letter from the director of all the daycares about their new hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. instead of their regular hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The reasoning was in part due to a lack of personnel, which I sympathize with, as it appears that many industries across the country face the same dilemma. Also, to be clear, I am very grateful for this facility and all of their hard work and dedication that they have paid to my son over the past 4 years.

Now what really happens to me is that it always seems like the people who try to work hard and be the best they can be for themselves and their families are the ones who are suffering. Why would a daycare and after-school program close and ask you to pick up your child before 5 p.m. Didn’t I mention that it must be 5 p.m., not later? I thought these programs were for working class people.

I feel like this whole country is working backwards, especially since COVID. Why couldn’t they open at 7.15 a.m. or even 7.30 a.m. and ask you to have your child at 5.15 p.m. or 5.30 p.m.? Why would it be so bad to help the working class for once? They say they are for family and community, but that seems to let down their community and the family unit as a whole.

I have spoken to other families across the county who are in the same dilemma and have even tried contacting the director as well as the pastor and head of the organization, Bill Godair, and I still haven’t. received response.

Why should my family be punished for trying to do the right thing and work hard when the rest of the country is being rewarded for not working? The whole country has help finding disconnects!

It’s that kind of leadership – from small towns to big Fortune 500 companies – that is helping to take this country in the wrong direction!

– Jon Aigle


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