2017 Letters to the editor stock

Santa, I have one small Christmas wish: Would you please bring the promise of a first birthday to all babies born in Lake County?

Too many of our babies die before their first birthday. Absurd? No, it’s very real. Lake County babies die at a higher rate than babies in most other Indiana counties.

Santa, simple steps could remedy this dilemma: Could you give all pregnant mothers access to early prenatal care? Could you help us keep them healthy? Can you help us promote and support breastfeeding in our communities?

Many Lake County babies are unintentionally placed in an unsafe sleep environment. Please help everyone caring for infants to remember the ABCs of Infant Safe Sleep:

A.) All by myself

B.) On my Back

C.) In a safe Crib

The promise of a first birthday isn’t a big wish, is it? Our littlest Hoosiers are depending on us.

Mary Puntillo, Highland

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.