I really think that laws such as these...aimed at allowing teens and even younger girls, to obtain birth control or abortions without parental consent, are not there to take parents' rights for decision-making away, but rather to protect those girls who are in abusive situations...whether with a partner or a male family member. Really, should a 13 year old little girl who is being raped by her father (uncle, cousin, brother, step-father, etc) have to ask permission from this man to obtain birth control? What if she gets pregnant? Should she have to seek his permission to get an abortion? That would be cruel, sick and indefensible...not to mention putting the victim even further under her abuser's control.
I hope that when the time comes that my daughters will talk to me, seek me out for advice and help, but I also know that not every parent is as open to hearing that their daughters are having (or might have) sex as I am. Whether because they are neglectful, or willfully ignoring the situation, it doesn't matter. Women (and girls) have the right to protect themselves and make choices concerning their reproduction. Young women should be empowered to make those choices when the people who should be caring for them can't or won't.
To all of you detractors...god (or substitute the deity of your choice, but I'm going to assume it's god) forbid addiction should ever afflict you or your family...you are obviously uneducated about substance abuse and its treatment...methadone clinics are called "harm-reduction" models of treatment....contrary to popular belief, it is more than just the addiction that is the problem, that is why people can't "just stop doing drugs/drinking". Things like depression, anxiety, PTSD and such are usual co-occurring issues. Not to mention the fact that an extremely high percentage of women who experience addiction also have some sort sexual abuse in their past (usually incest as a child) that has never been addressed. You are all a group of unfeeling, un-empathetic people, and I repeat my previous statement...I hope addiction never strikes you or someone you love!
I, for one, am glad that they are considering opening a methadone clinic here. More people might be able to get the help they need...including therapy. We can just stick our heads in the sand and pretend Lewiston/Auburn doesn't have a heroin/opiate problem (or just complain about the problem), or we can advocate for, and support, places such as this.
I'd say hospitals are pretty clean places...being antiseptic, and all that, so I highly doubt that cleanliness is the largest factor...I don't care how OCD you are about cleaning, unless you are living in an entirely remote area with nothing coming in (clothes, furniture, appliances, etc), you never going anywhere and absolutely NO visitors...anyone else, no matter how vigilant or diligent has a chance. Even new furniture, clothes and appliances can be infested from the delivery trucks (especially the rental places Rent-A-Center, etc.). Once you get them, THEN cleaning thoroughly *and* often becomes a reason for *STILL* having them. Unfortunately, not every home owner can afford either chemical or heat extermination, especially if the process needs to be repeated (as chemical extermination does). That is the BIGGEST reason why they haven't been eradicated, imo. Not everyone can afford to do it the right way. The second biggest reason, (again, imo) is the stereotyping and judging of others make it almost impossible for people to come forward and admit to the problem. No one breeds bedbugs, they do not spontaneously come to life under piles of dirty clothes. The ignorance here is really horrible. Rather than make it safe to alert neighbors, landlords, pest control people, the comments here keep people in fear of others will judge them.
But many parents AREN'T doing their jobs...instead of griping about it...do something! Become involved...even if you're not a parent, there lots of places who would love to have volunteers to help educate parents about how to raise their children...based on SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. Not to mention the fact that just because some parents aren't doing as much as we know they can, doesn't mean children should have to pay the consequences.
Did any of you detractors actually *read* this article? It said that RESEARCH shows that these programs are EFFECTIVE and RESEARCH shows that abstinence-only programs are as effective as NO SEX EDUCATION. That's it...study after study has shown over and over again that EDUCATING children actually works...blows your mind, doesn't it? And by the way, there were no "good old days" or "golden age" where teens did not have sex (or get pregnant)...yes, most children were born to married parents, but first children were very often born 7-8 months after the wedding date...as RESEARCH into this has CLEARLY shown. And just to further highlight...what kind of sex ed was being taught in the '50's and early '60's?? NONE or the American Christian Bible's program...hell, there was even a "baby boom" during this "golden age" when people has better "morals" and a clear sense of responsibility and "family".
One last question: If something is proven to work, or have positive results, time and time again, why oh why would you want to continue doing something that has NEVER worked, ever?
My best friend and her partner are avid bikers...I have no problem with this group of people, but as someone already mentioned: Why at stop lights, stop signs, waiting in a line of traffic, etc.? It is especiall nerve-wracking when my infant is in my vehicle...I worry for her hearing. It also can't be good on her developing nervous system to be startled that often (we live near a busy road...bikes go by quite often) and that loudly. And when I hear it, when I'm driving, I'm more startled than "aware". Nervousness behind the wheel is not usually considered "safety".
I've said this here before and I will say it again. But first, let me apologize to all the kind and decent men out there who work to make the world safer for children. Look at the statistics people. Then ask yourself what is wrong. If the majority of sex offenders are men and the majority of law makers amd law enforcement are men, what does that tell you?? It is not a right or left issue. Sex crimes against children (or anyone) have nothing to do with a political party.
When I see a story like this and read the comments, I see people who are truly upset at how little these people pay for what they do. So DO something about it! Write to your city, state and even federal officials. Tell them that you will not stand for victims of sex crimes being vicitimized further by these so-called "punishments". Erin is right...Mr. Johnson *admitted* to many of the crimes he was charged with, all of them heinous and indefensible. Why is he only serving 5 years??
Demand better for your children, people. You can do it!
Those of you who say to check out a landlord and building are right...but...are you supposed to crack open the walls to check for nesting bedbugs?? The adult bugs can live for up to 2 years...can I say it again...2 whole damn YEARS WITHOUT EATING! And they are still laying eggs during this time. Granted, the baby bedbugs can only go 5 days without a food source, but 2 years is a very long time. Not to mention the fact that the insecticides/pesticides that are approved for use in homes and residential areas WILL NOT KILL BEDBUGS!!! All they do is keep them from coming out, so they will hibernate in the walls, in the next apartment or building next door. It is next to impossible to get rid of them. The best thing to do is what this family *is* doing. But not everyone can afford to move, let alone without any of their things. It's a bad situation all around, for the tenants and their children, the landlord and THE CITY as a whole. Where will these bugs go when no one lives in the home?? If the city demolishes the home, where will the bedbugs go then??
An infestation like that doesn't happen in a matter of months, besides a one time fumigation, intended for fleas will NOT get rid of bedbugs...these can not be killed with the type of pesticides we have available today...it takes starving them and the adult bugs can live for almost 2 years...got that 2 YEARS...without feeding. This family is living a nightmare. Whether they brought them in or not should not make a difference, there should be help available to them. Bedbugs are pretty much almost impossible to get rid of.