Child abuse is a U.S. scourge

Child abuse is a U.S. scourge

Every year, 3.3 million re- ports of child abuse are made in the United States involving nearly 6 million children. The younger the child, the more common it is for the child to acquire a severe injury or even death. This is why it is important for early childhood educators to not just report, but prevent the abuse.

From working in day care for over two years, unfortunately I have seen some cases of child abuse. Seeing these cases have saddened me, and made me want to do what I can as a student, caregiver, and future educator to prevent this horrible, ongoing problem. Innocent, helpless children are victims of this horrible crime and learning how to prevent it could help save lives.

Early childhood educators play a big role in children’s lives and often spend more time with them than their parents do. Being aware and alert about abuse that may be going on, along with keeping themselves educated, supervising within the district, and including and involving parents can help these teachers be as preventative as possible. Other parents and family members can also help stop the abuse just by listening to children carefully when they speak, participating in school programs, and by understanding abuse reporting policies. The more people around and involved with the abused child, the less the abuser is going to want to hurt them because they are at higher risk of being reported. Also, if the abuser is the parent/guardian, the more they feel welcomed and involved within their child’s school, the less they may want to hurt their child.

Reporting and preventing child abuse is so important for protecting our children. Many people are afraid to report for various reasons, but need to be thinking about the defenseless children who hurt and suffer every day. The United States has the worst record of child abuse in the world and loses around five children every day to this heinous crime. Child abuse should not only be reported, but prevented.

Laurissa Garrett, Girard

It’s your river; keep an eye on it

As the headlines contin- ue to address the issue of the D&L discharge, I wish to reach out to all the communities that are touched by the Mahoning River including, Lowellville, Campbell, Struthers, Girard, Niles, Warren, Newton Falls, McDonald, Leavittsburg and Youngstown. I am encouraging us all to seek to better educate ourselves on the issue of water quality. The Mahoning is our river, it is a part of our watershed, it encompasses much more than the water.

There is information about the river on a variety of websites, through libraries or by calling agencies and organizations that deal with water issues.

The D&L situation, in the coming days and weeks, will be replaced by another headline. Let us now take the time to learn and stay informed while this is still in the forefront of concern.

Janet Reeves, Canfield

The writer is a member of the Ohio Environmental Council.

Time to call in the Marines

I am sitting here thinking about the poor little boy, Teddy Foltz. He was not abused, but tortured for three years.

What are we paying the Children’s Services for? They did nothing to help Teddy even when all the reports they received from school and neighbors about the abuse going on in that house. I feel the person that went in the house from CSB did not do their job. I can’t believe just because there was food in the house, that made it OK. I don’t even think Teddy ate anything that was in the house.

If I was head of the Children’s Service I would wipe it clean and hire Marines to go in a house where children are abused. They will handle it better and the man or woman will regret doing what they did.

Let’s do all we can to stop the abuse of children and animals. They need us to help.

Rose Bonamase, Struthers

Gov. Kasich’s words fail to match his policy on Ohio Turnpike

In December, Gov. Kasich an- nounced that he would seek to issue new debt against the Ohio Turnpike. As reported by many newspapers, the governor indicated that tolls for local passenger trips paid with E-Z Pass would be frozen at current levels for 10 years and that all other tolls would be capped at the rate of inflation, or about 2.7 percent annually.

Unfortunately, the pitch that you received is not reflected in the legislation presented to the Ohio House of Representatives. The administration’s proposal does not freeze or cap tolls on the turnpike. In fact, during committee hearings on Kasich’s plan, the Ohio Department of Transportation director and the Ohio Turnpike director both indicated that they could not guarantee that tolls would be frozen or capped. The Kasich administration even indicated that 90 percent of the revenue would be used in northern Ohio, although the ODOT director now says it would be “foolish” to dedicate the funds to a particular part of the state.

In short, the plan that was announced by the governor in December is not the one that is being proposed now. Like the governor’s education plan, this is another example where he says one thing, but is doing another. Please contact the governor, your state representative and state senator and let them know that you oppose a plan that does not include proper safeguards for users of the turnpike.

State Rep. John Patrick Carney, Clintonville

The writer is a Democrat from Ohio’s 22nd House District and is a member of the Transportation Sub-committee of Finance.

Chipping away at public schools

I am glad that someone was brave enough to defend Mr. Lock Beachum on his comments on diversifying the Youngstown school system.

I felt that the negative view of his comments from the P.S.U. and the U.F.E.J. were either misunderstood or misinterpreted.

I knew Mr. Beachum when he was principal of North High School. My children graduated from North. Mr. Beachum always stressed the importance of higher education. He also taught respect, which he gave and received. He was also a strict disciplinarian, had a good rapport with the students and their parents. When the majority of white students went to other school systems, our funding went with them so let’s quit blaming Mr. Beachum. He was not trying to demean our black students because I know he cares about their education.

Whether we want to accept it or not, it appears that the governor of Ohio implemented the voucher system in the pretense of benefiting under privileged students. What it has done is completely polarized the schools; money is taken away from the city schools and given to charter and private schools.

Private schools only admit who they choose and charter schools are predominantly black students, who in most cases do not receive a quality education. I feel there should be a limit on how many students living in the city can transfer to other school systems.

Olla L. Tate, Youngstown