The Norman Transcript

Letters

March 7, 2013

Homeless children now will get proper care

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I read Joy Hampton’s heart-wrenching interview with April Doshier. According to Ms. Doshier, “... young children tend to be very confused about why they have no home. Older children tend to take on responsibility on how to fix this. Both of those experiences are very traumatic for children.” Ms. Doshier informs us that there are 357 homeless children in Norman.

The catch phrase “homeless children” calls to mind children living on the street, not getting enough to eat, not have adequate clothing for inclement weather, not enrolled in school and not getting dental care, medical care and vision care.

The homeless parents of those homeless children are perhaps unable or unwilling to provide the basic necessities for their offspring.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, now that Ms. Doshier has identified and located the 357 homeless children among us, the Department of Human Services is ready to step in and take remedial action.

In tandem with the district attorney’s office, the Norman Police Department and our illustrious panel of magistrates at the Cleveland County Courthouse, DHS — acting under Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes — can take those homeless children into custody and place each one of them in foster care.

The homeless children will be homeless no more. Every child will have a real home with caring foster parents. Each child will be properly fed at least three meals a day, seven days a week. He or she will be provided with the proper clothing appropriate for the season. Each child will be enrolled in school, and his or her foster parents will guide the child in doing homework and making good grades. Additionally, each child will have access to dental care, medical care and vision care.

The homeless parents, at the same time, will be given lessons in child rearing. Those parents who are alcohol or drug dependent will receive drug and alcohol evaluations and/or mental health evaluations. Inpatient or outpatient treatment for alcohol dependency or drug abuse will be made available to parents. Perhaps job training will be available for unemployed parents so that, someday, they will be employable.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • Change some lines

    Editor, The Transcript: Looking at how our elected Republican friends are reacting to the refugee children crossing the border and now being housed in Lawton, I have a suggestion. Let’s edit the Christian Bible in several places to reflect ...

    July 21, 2014

  • New health care system demonized

    To the Editor: In October 2013, soon after we were asked to take over management responsibilities at our family business, we were visited by the company’s health insurance agent. She explained that a decision needed to be made regarding ...

    July 21, 2014

  • The longer the wait, the higher the cost

    Editor, The Transcript: Thanks for the great article of July 3 on the Norman chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby group that recently went to D.C. as citizen lobbyists, working to get a revenue-neutral carbon pollution fee, refunded in ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Natural beauty makes way for parking

    Editor, The Transcript: In support and response to an editorial in The Transcript on June 28 by Pam McIntosh, I am writing this article. In the early ‘70s, many years ago, I lived in what was known as the Sooner Mobile Home Park on South ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Trees do job too well

    Editor, The Transcript: State Rep. Richard Morissette should stick to the concrete and asphalt world, where all of nature has already been killed and people live in fear of living things. Leave our beautiful cedar trees alone....

    July 20, 2014

  • Young people barred from education

    Editor, The Transcript: State universities were created to be the avenue of middle class opportunity in America....

    July 20, 2014

  • Common Core fallacies

    Editor, The Transcript: The article ‘Radioactive’ that discussed Common Core (Transcript, July 14) quotes the fallacy from Republican governors that Common Core is a Federal program; it is not. Many conservatives, especially those labeled ...

    July 19, 2014

  • A pattern is emerging

    Editor, The Transcript: Over the past several weeks, three seemingly unrelated events caught my attention. First, near the end of the legislative session, the House and Senate passed with much fanfare and publicity legislation giving ...

    July 12, 2014

  • Voting for our priorities

    Editor, The Transcript: Ok, let me see if I’ve got this straight. When the federal government ended its program of providing $13-$16 million in surplus equipment each year to fire departments, our state and congressional leaders ...

    July 11, 2014

  • Misleading statistics make schools look bad

    Editor, The Norman Transcript: Once again the Norman Transcript has used as a main story someone writing what appears to be designed to make schools and school administrators look bad, and which uses misleading statistics instead of real ...

    July 6, 2014