4 thoughts on “The “O” Word

  1. Joe Loveland says:

    Quite predictably, in the comments section of startribune.com, Mr. Bell is getting attacked from the left for allegedly effetcively endorsing past abuses at Native American boarding schools and from the right for allegedly favoring government run orphanages over church run ones. Bell does neither in his piece, but the ideological soldiers rush to their battle stations nonetheless.

  2. Based on the comments on Bell’s piece, it seems you’re right about the lack of level-headedness in discussions on the topic. But is that the reason it’s not being addressed in our tripartisan gubernatorial election? Perhaps it has more to do with the relative smallness or not-much-to-gain-ness from making it a big issue.

    You know, like the wages of waiters and waitresses should have been treated. (That is, not at all.)

  3. Joe Loveland says:

    It impacts 12,000 MN kids. They’re kids in crisis — abused, neglected, parentless, homeless, tossed around like hot potatoes. They’re kids that will cost a lot more downstream in terms of courts, prison, welfare, uninsured health care, etc. So I know you weren’t saying it is a small problem, but it’s important to point out that it’s not a small problem. It’s 12,000 tragic crises, year after year.

    But it is perceived by politicians to be a relatively small issue, for two reasons: 1) Out-of-sight, out-of-mind…pols don’t see the problem so they think the unstable foster care system is good enough; 2) kids can’t vote and poor kids’ loved ones often don’t vote, and don’t have connected lobbyists and PR people advocating for them. The Wilf’s pay handsomely to get noticed and accomodated by politicians. These kids can’t.

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