Child Abuse and Neglect is rising dramatically in our State as well as the rest of the country. What on earth are we doing to our children? Have we become so obsessed with self-gratification and "finding ourselves" that we are ignoring what really matters? Drug use, particularly heroin, is on the rise and with it comes an alarmingly high rate of neglect. It's not that heroin users intentionally abuse their children; they are just so intent on getting their next fix that they forget to attend to the needs of their little ones. Pretty horrible huh? Ask anyone in Children's Service or Law Enforcement and they can tell you stories that will give you nightmares. I promise you, they have a hard time sleeping some nights! We've got a tough job ahead of us coming up with solutions to not enough foster homes to place children in and increased pressure on the budget to hire more social workers and therapists and fairly compensate them. The Division is working with us as Legislators to find answers and provide the best possible solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem.
Now I'm going to rant and rave for a bit! Just who the heck gets to determine what is politically correct? Have you ever heard of a Federal Division of Political Correctness? How about a State agency that is charged with determining what you can say or do this week? We've suddenly run the Common Sense train right off the rails! I guess the Political Correct Offices must be right down the hall from the Office of Offensiveness. I can just imagine telling my dad that I was offended by something he said! His answer; "tough", or maybe "you're what"? Have we become so thin skinned that we need someone to pat us on the back and say "there, there, they really didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I'll just fine them a couple hundred thousand dollars or make them dig up a General that's been dead for 160 years or so. We are inundated with ridiculous changes brought about by small groups of people who grab headlines long enough to cause knee jerk reactions. We make heroes out of people who opt to become transgender and refuse to lower the flags to honor the deaths of recruiters at the hands of a rotten terrorist. (Oops, I hope I didn't offend any rotten terrorists.) We are deleting history at an alarming rate! We allow other nations to laugh at our stupidity! For crying out loud, what are we becoming?
I imagine that's enough for this week, meanwhile, I am and remain in your service.