It is of great concern to me that no one has written in the Forum, no editorial has been published, and it seems obvious that no one is concerned that there were several items of real concern, constitutionally, in President Clinton's State of the Nation Address.

The one that concerns me most is his proposal for federally sponsored child care. This seems to be a built-in proposal for the federal destruction of the family. When we get our federal bureaucrats caring for our children - well, I just don't know.Would these youngsters just be another number? When I see so many of our bright-looking, competent young women in various places of employment, and obviously doing a real good job, I often say to myself, "Whose shoulder is your baby crying on right now?"

As for the U.S. Constitution, did you ever read the 10th Amendment? It is very short, very precise, and much ignored. However, it is an important part of the Constitution. I quote: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Period.

Let's try to make it possible for young couples to be able to own or rent their own decent and inexpensive homes they can afford, so between them they can tend their own children in their own homes, and love them as they surely need and deserve to be loved. I don't mean palaces, I mean small and decent homes. We have hi-tech abilities in other ways, let's use it to love our beautiful children.

Theodore G. Caughey

Gunnison