Monday, June 2, 2008

Links to Editorials

The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform has a blog, and they ran a piece entitled The unbearable vindictiveness of Judge Walther. It has a number of good snippets.
Ever since the first three judges, on an appellate court, ruled against her, Judge Walther has made her displeasure clear. But apparently her vindictiveness knows no bounds. ... She decided to impose a series of extra conditions of her own, which appear to have no purpose other than harassment. ... As far as I can tell, since the appellate court ruled, that brings the number of editorial pages from outside Texas and Utah condemning Texas CPS to 11. The number supporting CPS: 0.
It also contains links to two more editorials.
The right decision - Texas court rules state overstepped authority by the Worcester Telegram.
It still may be weeks or months before many of the children and parents have been reunited. Nonetheless, in declaring state officials overstepped their authority, the Supreme Court took a welcome first step toward righting a wrong that defied logic, compassion and the law.
Texas went too far in case by the Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, TN.
No government agency in the United States should simply round up hundreds of children and take them from the arms of their mothers without just cause. This is still a nation of laws and individual rights, and the nanny-state doesn't always know best.
The blog also links to other articles in earlier posts.
Sect Mothers Say Separation Endangers Children in the New York Times.
Many child-welfare experts across the nation ... say the raid on the polygamist ranch diverged sharply from the recommended practices both in Texas and elsewhere in the country.
Child Welfare — Think First in the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
The Texas case brought to mind an incident in April in which a man temporarily lost custody of his son for buying him a lemonade at a baseball game.
Polygamists' Kids in Their Own Private Gitmo by Richard Wexler in The Nation magazine
When children are needlessly put into foster care, they lose not only mom and dad but often brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, friends and classmates. For a young enough child, it's an experience akin to a kidnapping.
Overprotective in Texas from the New Jersey Star-Ledger
By overreacting, Texas officials may have hurt what they described as their primary mission: protecting children.

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