I agree with the bill to toughen penalties for animal abuse. But we need a bill to toughen penalties for child abuse. When you go into a courtroom and listen to a male stand at the podium and tell the judge that he does not work and cannot pay his fines the judge asks, "How do you support yourself?" His answer is, "Babies' momma gets a check." Then when he leaves the room you see a female with three children walking and she is carrying one in her arms and pregnant with another. Now this is use of the children to gain money.
Then when you see a carload of children with two adults smoking, this is abuse. Go to a hospital ER after 5 p.m. You will see a number of women with children. Each woman will pull out their $600 phone and start playing games or texting. You're paying the bill for the ER and the phones.
You may think that I am picking on the poor. No, I am not. I have seen wealthy people have and adopt several children. They farm the children out to a nanny or grandparent while they go drink or play. This is neglect.
A child needs the parents' love and care. If you have never walked into a darkened room and turned on the light switch and watched a carpet of roaches run off the table that children have been eating at then you don't have a clue. We have social workers who work themselves to death trying to correct the misuse and abuse of children.
Over the past years I have seen pregnant women smoking, taking medications and other activities that are harmful to the unborn child. Nothing is done about this. You climb a tree and remove an eagle's nest with eggs in it and you will be charged with a federal crime. Is a child not more precious than an eagle?
For the parents who work and try to support their children, I applaud you. And for the single mothers who were left by a babymaker (not a parent or father) I pray for you to find a loving caring person to marry.
HAROLD T. CLARK