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If anything good can be salvaged from the Dec. 14 carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it would be the acts of courage and self-sacrifice shown by the principal, teachers and staff who moved instinctively to place themselves between the gunman’s bullets and “their” children. This heroism is not unique to Newtown or any place else for that matter. I have no doubt that teachers here, from Schenectady to East Greenbush and from Saratoga to ...

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December 23, 2012
8:28 a.m.

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It's interesting that we can spend billions of dollars to scan who gets on a commercial airplane flight, but not the money to safeguard our children. Why not take some of the $68 billion spent by the US Dept. of Education on that effort? In fact, why not spend all of it!

December 23, 2012
9:21 a.m.

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The problem isn't's the breakdown of the family: "...single motherhood has jumped dramatically — “in 2010 nearly 60 percent of all births in the U.S. were to single mothers,” while “in 1964, 93 percent of children born in the United States were born to married parents.” Moreover, as “free sex” and single motherhood took hold, poverty has prospered."

More: Studies have shown that 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes, as are 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children, 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders, 80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger, and 85 percent of youths in prison. As well, single parenting results in a lower likelihood of graduating from high school for kids.

And women, who are already more inclined to abuse their children than are men, become more likely to abuse their children when they have a heavier “parenting and housework load.” Even when the children of single-mother homes do have a man in the picture, it’s not all good. According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, “Unrelated male figures and stepfathers in households tend to be more abusive than biological, married fathers.” The report specifically says:
Children who live in father-absent homes often face higher risks of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect than children who live with their fathers. A 1997 Federal study indicated that the overall rate of child maltreatment among single-parent families was almost double that of the rate among two-parent families: 27.4 children per thousand were maltreated in single-parent families, compared to 15.5 per thousand in two-parent families. One national study found that 7 percent of children who had lived with one parent had ever been sexually abused, compared to 4 percent of children who lived with both biological parents.