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Vestal: Children’s rights don’t play in Idaho house

Kids in Idaho could use a right or two.

Or maybe just a hand. About half are living in “low-income” homes. A fifth live in homes headed by single mothers, whose unemployment rate is twice that of married men and women. The state ranks 41st for overall child health and well-being, according to a new scorecard.

Too bad the state House of Representatives is primarily concerned about their parents.

And the Constitution, of course.

You might have missed this, but the Idaho House, faced with all the woes of our day, voted for a nonbinding memorial Monday to support amending the Constitution to protect parental rights.

Protect them from whom, you might ask.

But don’t be silly. From the government. Federal, state and water district. From courts and schools. From international treaties that try to assert the rights of children. From the red-hot threat that our constitutional parental rights are dangling by a thread. Shawn Vestal, SR Read more.

Nonini said, “Longstanding constitutional rights are now hanging by a precarious thread.” Agree or disagree?




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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.