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Thank you Kate! I am a grandmother, so not as aware of these resources as a younger person would be. May I add that anyone facing a crisis can reach out to neighbors and co-workers? Let's not be silent when it comes to our children, and the children of the people in our community.
Dagny, you are writing the same questions I, and many others have. So far, only the anti-abortion group (Selah) is offering support for troubled parents, and I doubt they are really able to do much. Social services does not seem up to the task, either. This tragic and horrible death of a small child via extreme neglect highlights a severe gap in our community when it comes to the needs of children and parents who are not able to care for their children for whatever reason. I would like to see day-care for any child made available to all the families in our community, as well as a whole slew of parenting classes and support services for folks who are ill-equipped and overwhelmed and want to do better. Will different groups and entities do something proactive about this? Making child care available to everyone will bring cases like this to the attention of the authorities before it results in death, again. It would also allow parents the opportunity to get a grip on what they are doing, if they are in trouble.
You're lying. I was never eligible for medicaid or any other programs. Many people just like me have gone without healthcare until now.
No one has stolen anything, and no one owes you an apology. If you're without insurance at this point, it's all on you, not me, not Obama, and not the fault of the AHA.
I am so glad to finally have access to health insurance that is affordable and effective. As a self-employed woman, the AFA is crucial. Because of Obamacare, I have health insurance for the first time in years.
I have never seen any benefit, to either our culture or to individuals, for incarcerating people solely for drug use. It does nothing to curb addiction. It does not put a dent in cartel activity, and it ruins people's lives. If one engages in crimes against other person's (like assault and theft,) a penalty needs to be incurred. For getting high? Not so much. I suspect many drug offenders would never commit, or engage in, any other criminal activity apart from what they do to themselves. And that is their business. Too many drug enforcement teams and for profit prisons are dependent on drug users to justify their livelihood. Drug use should not be a crime. Exploiting those who imbibe for your own gain, or using their proclivity for altered states as an excuse to run around with guns and haz-mat costumes should be. Law enforcement can be far too much about access to grant monies and stroking ego's, building careers and getting access to public office. It is time to amend policy and law on the side of reason.
RIp, Renee, you left us far to soon. My condolences to the family.
"There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation."
Thank you, Pilot, for this article. My thoughts are with all the survivors, I appreciate your coming forward to tell your stories.
To anyone out there who is involved with a controlling partner, please realize that you don't need them in your life, and you are worthy of being respected and honored. Look into sociopathic characteristics, such as borderline personality disorder and anti-social PD, you will find that your partner fits the type. There are may support groups and blogs on the internet, you can find support and validation with others. These relationships will destroy you, even if your partner does not murder you or your child.
You are not the inept weak person the perpetrator has tried to convince you that you are. Take up your strength, reach out for support, and get yourself free.
I appreciated Mr. H's letter to this paper, as well as the open forum to discuss it.
What I don't understand is why someone is allowed to interject their nasty, threatening vitriol all over every post. He does not stay on topic, writes only snarky insults, and threatens those he can not control. Is hijacking a discussion by name calling and threatening something the Pilot supports? I would like to the see the editors ban this type of behavior, as well as people who use this forum to attack and threaten folks.
Fair minded exchanges of ideas contribute to journalistic integrity. The "bully on the playground" mocks the entire process and pollutes any chance of meaningful discussion.
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