Monday afternoon I was privileged to host a Stewards' of Children training seminar at the Community Center. Through a grant by the Children's Trust Fund, training by Missouri Kids First personnel is being provided all over the state. The principal reason for the training is the alarming rate of child sexual abuse. There were bout 30 people from the area in attendance. We learned to recognize the signs of sexual abuse in children and how to initiate a hot line investigation. There are dos and don'ts of questioning a child and we were told how to keep from jeopardizing an investigation by asking too much or getting too many people to ask the questions. We have some great resources at our disposal in Southwest Missouri and by working together, we can make a huge difference in children's lives. Thanks to the Alliance and Kids First for making this training possible. We were also given the updated training on Mandated Reporting. We had some new laws passed last year that enabled additional people to be Mandated Reporters of Abuse and Neglect and the training was a big help.
Tuesday evening I was asked to attend the Retired Teachers Association meeting at River Ranch. I was allowed to speak on Child Abuse for a few minutes and then we had a question and answer session on past legislation and the November ballot items. The ballot question on Teacher Tenure got the most attention (no wonder considering the crowd), and we discussed the process of putting items on the ballot. In my estimation it is currently too easy for individuals or groups with a lot of money at their disposal to gather enough signatures to place things on the ballot. We should look at changing the signature requirements to reflect the opinion of the entire state not just a few highly populated areas where they can pay college students to collect signatures. In order to defeat this measure, we need to have an effort to educate the voters of the possible repercussions. As always John Poyner had a fantastic meal!
To wrap up this week, one of the House staff sent the following observation: Here are the 10,535 pages of Obama Care condensed to 4 sentences.... Every last word is true!
1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.
2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured.
3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.
4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, which will be free of charge to them.
This ladies and gentlemen, is called " redistribution of wealth", or by it's more common name, SOCIALISM.
Until next week, I am and remain in your service.