I went to Jeff City for my scheduled Roundtable discussion with the Juvenile Office and other stakeholders in our attempt to satisfy the Department of Justice. The two Roundtables have been extremely helpful in finalizing our plans to reconfigure the Juvenile Office. From the beginning, I wanted to make as few changes as possible while addressing the Department of Justices' concern that there was conflict of interest in the way we were doing it. It has taken a lot of persuading and juggling of responsibilities but I think we have come up with a workable solution. No one likes change, but there are times when there is just no other choice, and I think this was one of them. There has been a great effort on the part of the Juvenile Officer's Association to craft a set of Statewide Standards. These standards will either be implemented by directive of the Supreme Court or by Legislation in the upcoming session. We have designed our new system to have people in place to enforce the standards and make sure we are doing things the same way statewide. By our next committee Meeting in December, we will know if the Justice Department approves of our solutions and we can file our bill.
Both National and International news last week were stupefying! I'm still trying to sort out the mess at Missouri University. It is somewhat reminiscent of the 60's and 70's. There seems to be some of the same complaints but they are far from being founded! We have come light years from the civil injustices of that time. I'm not real sure who or what is causing so much anxiety among the black students but suddenly there are white students being interviewed with "demands". I watched a young lady being interviewed who said the demands were free college, excuse all student loans, and pay at least $15 dollars an hour for working on campus. This may be the perfect answer for us seniors, go back to college!
Although serious, the MU story pales in comparison to what happened in Paris. ISIS is saying that this is only the beginning and that they have forces in all Western countries ready to do similar things. We can't have a bunker mentality but we sure need to be aware of the threat and take precautions. Some of the things the experts tell us are to always know where the nearest exit is when shopping or attending functions, report anything that looks out of place, if things appear wrong to you then go with your instinct and leave, and of course, if you have a concealed carry permit, then carry your weapon. I don't think we can assume that the threat will never apply to us any longer.