I recently learned of a situation in which a 4-year-old was in a drug home. Social workers and law enforcement had suspected this situation from the time that the girl was 2. The things this poor girl saw and had to endure were horrible.
What also concerns me is that the girl's parent lived off of tax dollars on government programs.
Those with drug addictions put drugs first over their children-and in this case, three children were involved.
I am happy to say that these children no longer are living with this parent.
I would support a law to drug-test parents, stopping those parents who test positive for illegal drugs from getting tax dollars from government programs and possibly removing the children from those homes until the parents can pass drug testing.
If the North Dakota Legislature truly has the "best interests of our children" in mind, the lawmakers will pass a law mandating that people on government programs such as TANF, WIC, SNAP or fuel assistance must pass a drug test to continue to get benefits.
If the Legislature does not pass such a law, the lawmakers clearly are stating that not only is it fine to raise children in drug homes, but also the Legislature happily will fund those drug homes with tax dollars.
At least 13 states have passed legislation regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients. The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.
North Dakota needs to step up and do the same for our children.
If we North Dakotans have to get drug tested in the workplace for our jobs, then surely we should be drug testing those who get free tax dollars, especially when children are involved. Mitchell Sanderson
Park River, N.D.