Washington Times

August 2, 2001

Letters to the Editor

Virginia child-support regime's abuse of power goes unchecked

JOHN SMITH
Washington Times

On June 17, you printed a column by Prof. Stephen Baskerville about child support (Commentary Forum, "Appetite for family destruction"). Virginia officials didn't take kindly to Mr. Baskerville's comments, so they kicked him off the child-support guideline review panel. So much for free speech.

The fact that Louis Rossiter, Virginia's child-support czar, is so open about why he is punishing Mr. Baskerville speaks volumes about the power and latitude child support officials have gotten. And they aren't afraid to wield it either.

House Majority Leader Dick Armey is concerned about cameras catching red light runners. But where is Mr. Armey's concern for privacy when the feds are combing through everyone's financial accounts and hiring data?

JOHN SMITH
Beverly Hills, Calif.

John Smith is a research analyst for the Alliance for Non-Custodial Parents' Rights.

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