Daily Archives: Sept. 13, 2013

Libya offers lesson for Syrian action

President Obama and the American public should consider what has happened in Libya as we contemplate military action in Syria, columnist Glenn Garvin wrote. While U.S. military assistance helped depose Moammar Gadhafi, little has gone right since then. “Post-intervention Libya is a witch’s cauldron of crime, corruption and terrorism,” Garvin wrote. Here are the lessons of Libya, Garvin wrote: “That the Middle East is fraught with ancient religious, ethnic and tribal rivalries only dimly understood in the West. That they erupt in unpredictable and vicious ways when the balance of power is upset. And that there’s probably a better way to deliver a prescription for peace and prosperity than in the payload of a Tomahawk missile.”

Job, marriage might not be enough to escape poverty

A report released last week by Gov. Sam Brownback’s task force on reducing childhood poverty emphasized education, employment and healthy marriages. Those are certainly key factors. But Betsy Cauble, a social welfare professor at Kansas State University, said the task force report assumes “that if you do everything you’re supposed to do, you’ll be able to get a job, make enough money to live on and take care of your family.” In today’s economy, that’s often not the case, she told the Kansas Health Institute News Service. Shannon Cotsoradis, chief executive of Kansas Action for Children, also noted that the report doesn’t mention early childhood development or “shoring up the social safety-net programs that are keeping thousands of families together.” The report criticized some safety-net programs and policies for “dis-incentivizing full-time employment and marriage or incentivizing out-of-wedlock childbirths.”

New abuse-reporting policy is common sense

Good for the Wichita school board for unanimously underscoring in district policy Monday something that seems like common sense – that employees should call 911 immediately if they witness “a situation involving suspected physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect that may constitute criminal activity.” With USD 259 having logged 1,982 reports of suspected abuse or neglect last school year, employees need to have no doubt about their first responsibility, which is to safeguard the endangered student by calling the cops.