More action needed to fight child abuse
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Why doesn't this surprise me? A longtime Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher recently admitted to sexual abuse charges linked to the fondling of his teenage stepdaughter.
I attended a rape crisis center for several months. What an eye-opener. It is such a shame it has taken so long, so very long for officials who are in charge of government agencies, whether they have been elected or appointed, to start speaking about abuse toward women and children, especially here in West Virginia.
From bullying to the inappropriate touch or strike to battery, does it still continue? Yes it does. How long does it take before anything is done? A month, a year, 10 years?
Have those in charge truly made their impact that this behavior will not be accepted? Not in schools, nor in the workplace nor when one comes into a person's place of business. Can victims count on those that their voices, their cries, will be heard, or will it just fall to the wayside?
I have seen and spoken with women and children, with the same response from each. "Did you report it?" I would ask. Their reply: "No, why should I? Nothing will ever be done."
Elizabeth M. Sullivan
A salute to cadet and colleagues
I had the honor and the privilege to attend the visitation of friends and family for Marine Cadet Brendan C. George at Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home. Brendan was a Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadet at St. Albans High School, and passed away Oct. 14, on his 15th birthday. Brendan was a friend of my son, who is one of his fellow cadets. I did not have the opportunity to meet Brendan in his life, but my son spoke highly of him, and considered him as a close friend.
At the memorial service, the St. Albans High School Marine Corps cadets paid tribute to their fallen friend and comrade by rendering the "slow salute" at his casket side one-by-one, paying the last and greatest tribute a service member can to a departed comrade. Each and every cadet performed this ceremony with pride, professionalism and dignity. As a 30-year veteran I am proud of these young women and men. Our children are our future, and these young women and men of the Junior ROTC are the vanguard. If these cadets continue their service to our country and their fellow mankind in the manner they did tonight, in uniform or civilian capacity, then surely America's future is secure. St. Albans High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, the state of West Virginia, and our nation has lost one of its finest, before his finest hour. Godspeed, Marine Cadet Sergeant Brendan C. George. And Godspeed to these young cadets.
Retired Col. Michael Kitts, U.S. Army
The GI bill is alive and well