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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A case for support - Journal Star News: "Hours after allegedly killing her 3-year-old autistic daughter, Dr. Karen McCarron tried to overdose on over-the-counter medication.

She told police she 'had just wanted to end her pain and (her daughter's) pain.'"

This is an incident that leaves me in shock. And yet, I have complete empathy with the mother. I have traveled a similiar road, and it is a damaging one. It wears at you, gnawing like a dog on a bone.

This story not some much emphasises the depravity of one mother. In fact, I really hope she gets a chance to plead insane. It emphasises how little society recognizes the need for support for families. Especially families with children who have special needs, but in reality any family. Research shows that the more supports and services in place, the better families do. There is less abuse, neglect, and crime in the world.

Why can't people get that? Especially you, Mr. Family Values politician! If you are truly family values, show us. Value the family and support it. Provide funding for programs that truly make a difference, instead of crappy ones that only look good on paper and sometimes not even there. Let us re-examine our priorities.

My priority is people- individuals who make up this country and make it truly great. Not business, not world domination.
If you take care of people, the benefits will follow.