Northwest NEWS

May 3, 1999


Legislators would do well to ask questions and listen

   From all the hairbrained schemes that come out of state legislatures concerning school violence, I expect any day now to see long black trench coats banned from schools. Why is it that dim-bulb elected officials can only see heavier penalities as solutions for crimes and newly-defined crimes?

   There are many points of intervention to prevent violation:

   I have been a family counselor for over a quarter of a century. This means I work with families where the children had a hitch somewhere on the road to adulthood.

   Every one of these children is a clue to how to help other children. Any experienced and thoughtful family therapist has dozens of ideas on how to prevent and treat problems. Our legislators would do well to ask questions and listen.

Paul Shaner, MSW, Kenmore