more child abuse coverage...
The Indianapolis Star continues its superb coverage of child abuse in Indiana by noting, among other thigns, that the death of a child from neglect is much harder to prosecute than abuse, and cases are often pled out to minimal jail time, and noting that reforms in other states have benefited children, indicating that there can be solutions, and--gasp!--the government can play a positive role in protecting its youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
On the other hand, Florida's incoming Department of Children & Families secretary Jerry Regier has sparked the ire of child welfare advocates by his proposal to handle the overload of calls to the agency's child abuse hotline. Rather than (perish forbid!) spending money to handle the current level of calls, Reiger suggests implementing screening procedures that will cut down on the numbers of calls that get through.
As I've said, I don't pretend to have the solution to child abuse, except to love and protect my own daughters as best I can. But I will declare without hesitation that I, for one, am willing to pay taxes to fund the local authorites' efforts to protect children.