No one in our community should care more about optimal brain development for our youngest children than our business leaders. Their competitiveness, their profits, their tax burdens, and ultimately, their corporate futures depend on it. The fact is that there are no economic strategies that pay greater returns on investment than strategies to give every child a fair start in life.
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Why do people help perfect strangers? That question really hit me last week. I was driving on Airways Boulevard at Lamar when a young couple in an old car rhythmically motioned with downward-pointing fingers, like John Travolta dancing in "Saturday Night Fever." These strangers were telling me that my back tire was quickly going flat.

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It's a fundamental principle of business - and life - that the best action is the one taken when it delivers the best result. That's not what we're doing when it comes to investing in educating the children of our community.

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