By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
In Michigan there is a law designed to prevent unlicensed day care centers from opening.
The intent of the law is a good one. It's designed to ensure that no one who is unqualified opens a day care center and puts children in harm's way. But sometimes, the people who we charge to enforce regulations lack common sense.
Such is the case with a Irving Township, Michigan woman who, as a favor to three of her neighbors who have to work, takes in their children to wait for the school bus - safely - in her home each morning. Someone complained - and she received a letter from the state saying she was in violation of the law.
So, a law designed to protect children was being enforced to, potentially, put children in harm's way.
The public uproar over the decision has prompted Michigan's governor to urge that the law be changed. But one must question the decision making of the officials who blindly enforced the law and sent the woman the warning. Did they get into the business of child welfare because they wanted to protect children? Or did they get into it because they wanted to throw their weight around?