Sunday, February 19, 2006
Springfield man paying child support for child who isn't even his
Sarah Overstreet is the type of columnist I wish we would have in our Joplin-area newspapers. Her columns tackle issues of local concern and she writes about local people who do not have the same last name she has.
The Springfield News-Leader columnist's latest is a gem about a man caught in a bureaucratic nightmare: He is being forced to pay child support, including the garnishing of his wages, for a child who isn't his. He has the DNA test to prove it. Government officials tell him they will do something about it if he fills out papers to terminate his legal parenthood and has them served on the mother...only he does not know where the mother lives and state officials refuse to tell him.
I would love to see a columnist in the Globe, the Daily, or the Neosho or Carthage papers that would shed light on these kinds of problems. I guarantee you there are many stories, both good and bad, waiting to be told in the Joplin area. Now all we need is someone to tell them.