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Nary a hint of reproach

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There's a huge outcry about the comments of Manitoba's child advocate, who wonders whether an inquiry that will cost $4.7 million this year, has already cost a large amount and will probably cost more in subsequent years, is money well-spent. Why should the inquiry not be questioned? What will be gained in the end?

The Free Press, which readily joins the crusade to advocate for enquiries, also carries stories such as the one on June 9, Getting into the swing of things, about swingers clubs in our city. This story contains nary a hint of reproach for couples -- with children at home -- who will engage in swinging and swapping partners with other couples.

Does anyone imagine that children from such homes are not hurt by their parents' practices? A culture that can't make a critical statement about such practices should not be surprised when children are hurt, whether it is because of failures in the child welfare system or by the parents who place their own interests and desires far ahead of the welfare of their children.

HAROLD JANTZ

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 14, 2012 A15

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