Children

We've Lost the Art of Face-to-Face Conversation

We’ve Lost the Art of Face-to-Face Conversation

Everyone knows teenagers say and do stupid things. Sometimes, really stupid things. And unless you’ve kept the teenager in your life under a rock they also text each other way too much.

A criminal case in Massachusetts highlights how both those behaviors ––thoughtless actions and texting out every thought in one’s head –– can come back to haunt. Please talk to your kids about this.

In July 2014, a young man named Conrad Roy committed suicide by hooking up a hose to a portable generator and snaking it inside the cab of his truck. Conrad, 18, was a troubled kid who had been under mental health treatment for nearly 5 years. He had tried to commit suicide in 2013 and was hospitalized. His longtime girlfriend was a pretty, young 17-year-old named Michelle Carter. [click to continue…]

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Historic Lessons to Guide Our Immigration Debate

by Diane Dimond on July 4, 2016

America's Paralyzing Political Divide

America’s Paralyzing Political Divide

The political divide in this country has completely paralyzed us. Generally speaking, half of us think one way, the other half believes just the opposite. The never-ending conflicts — on a whole array of legal issues – continues with no end in sight.

Not even the U.S. Supreme Court could decide what this nation should do to get a grip on our immigration problems. The high court recently deadlocked 4-to-4 on the issue of whether President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which protected millions of undocumented people from being deported, is constitutional. Minus the late conservative Justice, Antonin Scalia, the best the high court could do was a tie, split just like the rest of us. [click to continue…]

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Cars + Heat = Death Trap for Children

Cars + Heat = Death Trap for Children

 

 

Bossier City, Louisiana— Three-year-old twins, children of a sheriff’s deputy, were found unresponsive inside the family pickup truck on a day temperatures were in the 90’s. They were pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Summer has only just arrived but already the annual death count has begun. Hot, record breaking temperatures have been registered across the country and as painful as the subject may be, reminders must be issued.

As I write this, already this year 13 children have died because they were trapped in hot cars. Equally inexplicably, 3 police dogs lost their lives the same way. Last year’s total was 25 kids and 14 K-9 dogs. Since 1998, the average annual number of child heatstroke fatalities in the U.S. is 38 and since that year 676 kids have died in this horrible organ-roasting, cardiac-arresting way. [click to continue…]

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Is Football Worth Damaging the Brain?

by Diane Dimond on April 4, 2016

Concussions and Kids - A Dangerous Mix

Concussions and Kids – A Dangerous Mix

It was the admission that made every parent of every kid who wants to play football gasp.

The question from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was simple. “Do you think there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like CTE?”

The answer, from no less than the National Football League’s senior vice president for health and safety, Jeff Miller: “The answer to that question is certainly yes.”

Wow. Now, it doesn’t take an Einstein to know that repeated, solid blows to a person’s head will cause problems. [click to continue…]

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Blind Justice: Laws Apply To All Citizens

Blind Justice: Laws Apply To All Citizens

The law says dangerous or illegal actions have consequences. Countless U.S. citizens enter the justice system every year after authorities determine they did something that physically or emotionally harmed someone, financially cheated another person or exposed people to peril.

So why do government employees so often escape the punishment you or I would face in similar circumstances?

Case in point: In what very nearly looks like a case of federally sponsored child trafficking the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement put countless children at risk yet no one has been held accountable. Beginning in fall of 2011, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America began to flood across the Mexican border in search of a better life in America. We were not prepared. [click to continue…]

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Juveniles and the Justice System

by Diane Dimond on February 1, 2016

Kids in the Criminal System. Then What?

Kids in the Criminal System. Then What?

Everyone knows youngsters aren’t mentally or emotionally equipped to make good decisions. That’s why most parents watch their teenagers like a hawk.

But every year thousands of American kids get themselves in to serious trouble with the law. Some of these youngsters had no prior police record. Some who entered the criminal justice system were under the age of 10. In the most dire cases, teens have been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of ever being released.

Imagine your son (or in less frequent cases, your daughter), suddenly caught up in a crime that resulted in murder, manslaughter or rape — doomed to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, perhaps in solitary confinement to keep them away from prison violence. [click to continue…]

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College Protestors: Welcome to the Real World

by Diane Dimond on November 30, 2015

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality, Forced Resignations

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality — Sadly, Not All College Protests Are So Focused

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope yours was happy and peaceful. Now we ponder what will future generations be thankful for?

I foresee a future where the current college aged crowd will matriculate into society believing everything should go exactly as they imagine. And when it doesn’t they will run to the closest authority to demand that it be made so. In their minds the world is there to make them feel completely contented at all times. They firmly believe nothing should ever make anyone feel uncomfortable or slighted in the least. [click to continue…]

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The World is Watching America’s Gun Violence

by Diane Dimond on October 12, 2015

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

After a glorious vacation abroad I return this week to admit I came home embarrassed for my country.

My husband and I were in Ireland when word of America’s latest mass shooting hit the European media and the story was the lead item on every news program.

Sky News, the BBC, Good Morning Ireland each featured American reporters in Roseburg, Oregon for the latest on the shooting. Then they brought in panels of pundits to talk about it.

“When there are 24 campus shootings in one year in America we need to realize there is something profound happening in America,” said Zoe Williams, a columnist for the Guardian newspaper. “It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.” [click to continue…]

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The True Hollywood Horror Story

by Diane Dimond on September 14, 2015

 ~ It is the movie Hollywood doesn’t want you to see ~

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

This is not your typical Hollywood film. It’s a documentary called “An Open Secret” and it pulls the ugly scab off Hollywood to reveal what has happened to some vulnerable young boys who have tried to break in to the entertainment industry.

I got a special screening and I hope throngs of people go to see it.

The “secret” referenced in the title is how so many of these youngsters have so easily fallen prey to pedophilic agents, acting coaches, photographers and public relations people. [click to continue…]

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Who's the REAL Daddy?

Who’s the REAL Daddy?

Countless children go through life not knowing the true identity of their father. Shame on their mothers. And shame on the U.S. court system that, more often than you realize, forces child support on men with no DNA connection.

These false establishments of paternity, as they are called, happen in courts across the country. Our broken family court system is intent on getting someone – really anyone – on record as being responsible for the child so the state won’t be.

The result? Circles of victimized people. [click to continue…]

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