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Monday, April 15, 2013
Get ahead of the next safety threat
The brutal rampage at Lone Star State Community College in Houston should serve as a wake-up call to the nation.
Something has to be done about box-cutters. I can only hope that the president and Congress will act swiftly.
The deadly box-cutter is long overdue for regulation. Children — yes, children — are in danger.
The sale of box-cutters must be monitored.
There must be background checks on purchasers. Registration of them is a necessity. We must know where they are and who has them.
Workers who use them, such as longshoremen, must step up to the plate and publish the names and addresses of their union members.
There is also the need to address the sharpness capacity of box-cutters.
If the capacity is limited, then much of the problem is on the way to being solved.
Constitutional rights? Civil rights?
Such trifles are trumped by public safety and, of course, the children.
Change is working for juvenile justice
Thank you for your balanced and reasoned editorial regarding the progress Virginia has made toward decreasing youth confinements to the juvenile justice system (“Progress on juvenile justice,” April 9).
The most significant statement related to the decrease was that there was no corresponding uptick in juvenile offenses.
Instead, crime rates are down.
While significant strides have been made, it is troubling to read that more than half of juvenile commitments last year were due to misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses.
Not only is confinement inappropriate in many of those cases, it is very expensive.
Continued collaboration among youth-serving systems, financial support for the development of community-based services, and appropriate public policy for minor offenses would continue moving the commonwealth in the right direction.
It only seems sensible.
CHARLOTTE McNULTY KAGEY
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