Posted Thursday, May 6, 2010
Thursday morning at 9, we round up news from across the region, including the northeast Ohio man free after twenty nine years behind bars for a rape he did not commit and the new child abuse cases raising fresh concerns about a troubled county agency. We take a look at the new expansion plans unveiled by the Cleveland Clinic and what's ahead for the new team of designers working on the only part of the Med Mart project most Ohioans will ever see. We also talk with the man taking over the helm at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
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Cuyahoga County has experimented with “Shared Family Care” as described by the caller (mentor parents living with families at risk). The problem we had was paying for it. The county can get federal dollars when they remove a child and place them in foster care but they can’t get those federal dollars if the children remain with their parents, even when mentors are present.
In today’s program I heard a foster parent talk about our inability to protect abused children due to lack of funding for programs, and Steve Litt talk about creating a world-class, inspirational, extraordinary space surrounding the Med Mart. In a world of limited resources, maybe we should re-think our priorities.
In the current economic malaise, deficits are climbing, taxpayers are near revolt, important programs are underfunded or worse, and a lot of people are suffering. Maybe every public works project doesn’t need to be “inspirational.” Maybe just making it nice is good enough.
Hats off again, to WCPN for trying to make sense of and having the courage to discuss & find solutions to Greater Cleveland’s (read America’s), dysfunctional familial conditions.
What is missing in every such public discussion (including this one), that I have heard is; some type of thinking/talking around - This Culture’s Decision Making Process Surrounding WHEN TO BECOME A PARENT.
You know why it’s missing? Because we (U.S.) have NO PROCESS. There is no major, sustained Public Policy, PSA’s, Private industry is completely mute. Schools can’t/don’t talk about it. Churches & organized religion have been ineffective TO SAY THE LEAST here. Same can be said for MOST existing social service agencies...Public/private & non-profit...Mostly, they have ALL FAILED! The statistics are undeniable.
I have heard certain local leaders of national organizations say, (on WCPN’s air), ‘well, things would be even worse if not for us’. Now there’s a rip roaring endorsment of meaingful outcomes.
Here’s what is known: These problems persist & continue to creep up into society, across race & cultural boundaries. We had better CHANGE THE DISCUSSION so we can begin to get a true understanding of the BEHAVIORAL ROOTS of the problem, so we can BEGIN to change the game.
All this (essentially),dealing with the symtoms is like constantly fixing the roof on a house with a ROTTING FOUNDATION. Much of the public has long recognized this & that is why attempting to re-do the War on Poverty the old way is not publically sustainable. Liberals need to wake up & conservatives need to loosen up - about human nature & it’s role in all of this.