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Wilmington Police Chief sounds off on state budget battle

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington's Police Chief took time to weigh in on the state budget battle today.

Ralph Evangelous visited a day care this morning to read to young children and discuss the value of early childhood education. Evangelous says he supports the More at Four and Smart Start programs, which help at-risk children succeed.

He said the current state budget plan would make substantial changes to these programs and their investment in early childhood education.

"If we lose More at Four, then our most at-risk kids will not have a chance, and these unacceptable dropout rates will continue at the rate they are at, because they can never catch up in school," Evangelous said. "This is what I'm talking about: we need to reach out to these three- and four-year-olds, and we need to have a positive influence on their life, give them quality education, so that when they get into elementary school they're not behind already."

Evangelous also said it is imperative to maintain current funding for these programs.

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Sure thing, Chief!

All those career worms you lock up every week are there because they didn't have taxpayer subsidized daycare when they were kids.

Smart Start began in 1993. A cursory glance at our current dropout rates clearly shows that it's had no effect whatsoever in reducing dropouts.

You do a good job in law enforcement. Why not stick with that, and keep left-wing politics off your resume?

Solve Crime not Politics

Do you know your job Chief. It is to protect the community. It is not to dab in politics. Either do your job or quit and run for elected office and then run your mouth. Case closed, you lose, time served!

Chief

did you step over the line?

You're an appointed official. It's really not proper for an appointed official, such as yourself, to speak out on a topic such as this.

You want to speak out an be heard? Resign or retire and run for public office.

Big Surprise

Bill we know your a democrat and always will be just like Sheriff Egg McMuffin. Im sorry but the reality is the bills are coming do and we cant keep spending endlessly because certain parts of society continue to breed like dogs with no regards to how they can support them, in addition lack of positive male role models and fathers in the home is a bigger issue then you liberals ever want to admit. Lack of moral compass about whats right and wrong is whats wrong with 'at risk youth' but since you cant spank a child anymore or hell even make them feel bad about their behavior because of all the bloody touchy feely crap you libs spout off about. Enough is enough we need to go back to teaching the basics of the 10 Commandments (oh lord now hes getting religious) what the hell is wrong with teaching thou shall not steal, thou shall not kill etc??? Are they not the basis of civilized society not just hear but elsewhere. Heck the Muslims chop off hands of thieves not us but maybe they have the right idea sure would cut it down (pun intended).