The moment I saw the picture of the young couple and their baby on the front page announcing that they had the first baby of the New Year, I thought “here come the opinion page letters.”

While I agree that they are very young and should have waited to have a baby, the child is here and every child born healthy should be celebrated.

What I saw were two parents, not a single mother.

We have no idea what kind of support they have in place. People assume they will immediately go on welfare but that opinion is based solely on their age.

I wish this couple the best life can bring to them. It will be a difficult journey but they should stay in school and reach for the stars.

Gen Paradis

Waterville