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Tuesday, December 9, 1997
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1997DETROIT FREE PRESS 11D I he one thing the children of Michael and Angeline Rogers asked was that they be allowed to keep going to their school. ;'. ."The school is their one anchor - in the storm," said Brillion, Wis., "" schools superintendent Jack Lewis. . "The one place they felt safe. Where they had friends and people who k.mcu duu i 1111:111. Z ' T "II!. i t '1 ri mion, a town ou mues nortn oi '"Milwaukee, is where Michael and - Aneeline Rogers have been accused , . , daughter to sleep in a small dog 7 cage in a dark and unheated ' basement. -- . Her 11-vear-old brother, thrown '. ".niit of the house on a 30-dpcrpp night with no coat, shoes or socks. ; station to ask for help. It was his Courage that made the case known "to people. . The children, with their parents arrested, were vociferous about w irinttnrr tn rrr nrrhr nnnlt tr hrrl They kept telling us that they don't Children taken from their one safe place W;44L BOB GREENE want to leave us, how much they like it here," said Brillion Elementary School Principal Carol Lamp. And besides: To children whose parents allegedly beat them and withheld food from the girl in the cage, They knew they were going to get a hot lunch every day here, and no one was going to hit them," Lewis said. The entire community -rallied behind the children. Families offered foster care so the children could have some sense of stability until the case is resolved. And what has happened? On the day before Thanksgiving, the Calumet County Department of Human Services removed the Rogers children from the school, and moved them 45 minutes away, to a different county. The social workers placed the children in the home of a brother of Michael Rogers. Thus, in the days before going to court, the childnen are in an unfamiliar town and unfamiliar school living under the roof of the brother of the man they will be asked to testify against in court, the man their testimony could put in prison. Their friends from Brillion are gone, the police officers they trusted are gone, the teachers they confided in are gone. Brillion Police Chief Alan Radloff is blunt about what he fears: "With The children living under the roof of the brother of the man they will be asked to testify against in court. the children placechwhere they are, the potential for witness tampering exists. My officers are pretty upset over it. With the children moved away, it also creates a hardship for the police to continue the investigation. . . "But apart from the investigation, the last thing these children needed was another trauma. A strange school, a different town, on top of everything else they've gone through I know that two families here in Brillion offered to be foster families, and from what I am told they were never contacted by Human Services." The Department of Human Services would not comment. At the school, administrators and ' teachers are worried for the Rogers children. There were a lot of tears on the day they had to leave," said principal Lamp. The 11-year-old "made numerous trips back to his classroom just to say his good-byes to everyone. (One of his brothers) handed out the address of where he was being sent. fl"he little girl from the cage) gave all of us hugs. They didn't want to leave Superintendent Lewis: This is the one safe place they had." " That 11-year-old boy, trusting that he was doing the right thing by telling the police what was i happening in his home. Trusting that, by telling the police, everything would get belter. Chief Radloff said, "After we found the girl in the cage, the DeQartment of Human Services told our officers that they would do everything they could to make sure the children stayed in their school, that there would be no further trauma to them, that they could feel as if they were in a safe environment. "I'll tell you this directly: My officers feel that the Department of Human Services lied to us." The children are expected to be taken back to Calumet County this week on the day their parents, free on bail, appear before a judge. Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene appears occasionally in the Free Press. Bob Talbert is on vacation. His column will return next week. All children need healthy balance of responsibility, fun Q: Can you give us a guideline for how r . mucn work cnuaren snoum oe given to ; do? " A: There should be a healthy balance - between work and play. Many farm children of the past had daily chores that made life pretty difficult Little time was left for fun, and, ; childhood became a pretty drab experience. That was an extreme position, and I certainly don't favor its return. Contrast that with some families today who require nothing of children,, not even asking them to take out the trash, water the lawn or " feed the cat Both ' extremes, as usual, are harmful to the J child. The logical middle ground can be found by giving a boy or girl an exposure to responsibility and work, but pneserving time for play and fun. The amount of time devoted to each activity should vary with the age of the child, gradually requiring more work as he or she grows older. DR. JAMES DOBSON ' Focus on the family ' it Q: My 13-year-old daughter has become - Increasingly lazy. She lies around the house and will sleep half a day on , , Saturday. She complains about being , '" tired a lot. Is this typical of early ;, adolescence? How should I deal with it? '!! A: It is not Vcommon for boys and girls to experience fatigue during the years of 1- puberty. Their physical resources are " being invested in a rapid growth process during that time, leaving less energy for "other activities. This period doesn't last very long and is usually followed by the most energetic time of life. I would suggest, first that you ." schedule your daughter for a routine .; physical examination to rule out the possibility of a more serious explanation , , for her fatigue. If it does turn out to be a . phenomenon of puberty, as I suspect you . . should "go with the flow." ,; See thathe gets plenty of rest and sleep, This need is often not met because teen-agers feel that they shouldn't have to -go to bed as early as they did when they 'ere children. Therefore, they stay up - too late and then drag through the next .."day in a state of exhaustion. Q: How can parents prepare their younger ;, children for the assault on self-esteem '. that is almost certain to come in ; 'adolescence? 'ir - l A: One important approach is to teach ; boys and girls valuable skills with which -they can compensate in years to come. They can benefit from learning something that will serve as the centerpiece of their self-concept during the difficult years. This could include learning about ... basketball, tennis, electronics, art, music, ( 1 or even raising rabbits for fun and profit. it's not so much what you teach your child. The key is that he or she learn . - something with which to feel good when , the whole world seems to be saying, "Who are you and what is your significance as a human being?" : , The teen-ager who has no answer to those questions is left unprotected at a ; very vulnerable time of life. Developing and honing skills with which to .' compensate may be one of the most yaluable contributions parents can make ' during the elementary school years. , Dr lames Dobson is a Colorado Psychologist and marriage, family and ;' ,' thild counselor. His books on famuy we include the best-selling and recently , Updated "Dare to Discipline." His rutiirntcA milin itintt can be heard ' ' "at K-m n m and 6:21 b.m. weekdays and 6:05, 7:05, 8:05 and 9:05 a.m. Sunday on WJR-AM (760). Send questions to mm cot the Detroit Free Press, P.O. Box 828, ' Detroit 48231. ' , A T I I T U D E S Doonesbury By Garry Trudeau msueerf yirau- YOU'VE REALr &CEPT IXSeeNAU. 'PORKflSW.' W MOVIES MY FAVORITES (USRE "CHU6-AUJG'ANP "POMPON MM"' ANPI'MAB&FAN OF YOUR AWESOME SCENE IN 'BEER BLASWRS't (MYSCENEfyBAH. 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' You'd sticc Be THeas-.,, ;miiiliJtmiUM'l - - 1 The nice thing about answering machines is that no matter what you say io mem, they won't yell at you. Asking questions doesrit always get answers No lie: Tom Arnold knows whats next With Titanic" drawing raves in industry-insider circles, it seems a certainty that director James Cameron is being swamped with follow-up offers. But according to Tom Arnold, Cameron already has his next project set: It's the sequel to True Jjes," in which Tom played Arnold Schwarzenegger s . partner. He says the three of them have already been in . discussions about it, and "We're all ready to go after the first of the year." Arnold's WB ; . network The Tom Show" goes on hiatus in February, so he'll be available for "Lies II." But what about Schwarzenegger? "Arnold will make the time," Tom says with confidence supreme... NO WONDER Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival gets so many big names. Seems they don't issue awards unless the recipient shows up. For instance, it was announced that Judy Davis would be honored with the Piper Heidsieck award for lifetime achievement. But it turns out that the actress, who is getting powerfully good buzz for her performance in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," is unable to make the fest. And as it turns out, we understand, they'll be honoring someone else's lifetime achievement. THE BIG-SCREEN The Avengers" with Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes playing stylish felro spies Emma Peel and Jonathan Steed is turning out to be "fabulous, really delicious, certainly unique," according to master filmland composer Michael Kamen. MARILYN BECK - and stacy jenel Smith Today's Test Do you know about THIS DATE in . history? (Answers follow.) L In 1898, q treaty signed in Paris ended what war? Boer " Russo-Japanese Sino-Japanese Spanish-American 2. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt became the first 'American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping end what war? Boer " Russo-Japanese Sino-Japanese Spanish-American 3. In 1931, who was the first American woman to win' the Peace Prize? Addams Benedict Buck Hellman Mead 4. In 1950, who was presented the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award? Bunche Carver King Marshall 5. In 1967, singer Otis Redding died in the crash of his private plane in Arkansas Oklahoma Texas. Wisconsin ANSWERSl. Spanish-American. 2. Russo-Japanese War. '3. Jane Addams. 4. Ralph J. Bunche. 5. Wisconsin. Father and son went fishing one day. While they were out in the boat, ; the boy suddenly asked his father, "How does this boat float?" : The father replied, "Don't know, , son." ; : r ,.' ; ; '; " ' A little later, the boy looked at his father and asked, "How do fish 4 breath underwater?" ' V '. 1 Again the father replied, "Don't know, son." ' ; f , Finally, the boy asked, "Dad, do ypu mind my asking you all of these questions?" V - :. . ;V 1 The father replied, "Of course not. If you don't ask questions, you never learn anything." Lawyer bashing As Mr. Smith was on his death bed, he called for the .three men he trusted most his attorney, his doctor and his 1 clergyman; He told them, "I'm going to give '-. you each $30,000 in cash before I , ' die. At my funeral, I want you to ; place the money in my coffin so that I can try to take it with me." All 'three agreed and took the money.' t At the funeral, each approached ' the coffin and placed an envelope -"HTTiTTIT! inside. While riding 3 v ? lj o4 - in the limousine to aHu ' the cemetery, the clergyman said, "I have to confess something to you fellows. Brother Smith was a good churchman all his . life, and I know he would have wanted me to do this. The church , needed a new baptistery very badly, and I took $10,000 of the money he gave me and bought one. I only put $20,000 in the coffin." The physician then said, "Well, .' . since we're confiding in one another, I might as well tell you that I didn't put the full $30,000 in the coffin either. Smith had a disease that could have been diagnosed sooner if I had this new machine, but the machine cost $20,000 and I couldn't afford it then. I used $20,000 of the 1 money to buy the machfne so that I might be able to save another . patient. "1 know that Smith would have wanted me to do that." The lawyer then said, "I'm " ashamed of both of you. When I put ': my envelope into that coffin, it held ' my personal check for the full , $30,(XM." New York Times Today's features Crossword I'age 12D Horoscope Page I'M) Bridgo Page 13D Coming up on the feature Page: Word Wise . Monday Pet Doctor Tuesday Animals' Thursday Game Guy Friday it

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