10/02/07 — Britney’s loss: It’s good her boys will be safe, but why did it take so long?

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Britney’s loss: It’s good her boys will be safe, but why did it take so long?

It was late-breaking news across the country last night.

After months of bickering, tabloid rumors and accusations, pop singer Britney Spears was ordered by a judge to turn over her children to her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

Now, you can argue whether her 2-year-old and 1-year-old are actually better off with their party animal father, but after all that has been rumored and all that has been substantiated about the pop princess’s antics, the news should leave you with one question.

What took so long?

Perhaps Britney’s situation is a bit of a clue of the problems that currently exist in the system designed to protect the welfare of the nation’s children.

Just what does it take to get children removed from a home? If someone who is as public a figure as Britney can continually place her children in danger — and continue to be photographed doing so — how protected is any child?

And lest you think Britney’s situation is unique, pay attention to the stories the next time you hear of a youngster being abused or neglected.

In many cases, this will not be the first time authorities have heard of problems with this family.

And all these issues and stories point to a concept many people have said should be a part of the new American culture — and should be enforced legislatively if necessary.

Being a parent is not a right. It is a privilege. And if you cannot or do not uphold the requirements of that responsibility, you should not be allowed the privilege, period.

Maybe Britney’s problems will start that discussion again — in time to save the life of a child somewhere.

Published in Editorials on October 2, 2007 10:29 AM