RightTurns.com Introduces "National Issue Forum": First forum used to raise national awareness of social services agency abuses.

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RightTurns.com Introduces “National Issue Forum”

First forum used to raise national awareness of social services agency abuses.

San Francisco, Calif. , January 31, 2002 – The online conservative commentary magazine RightTurns.com will introduce “National Issue Forum” as a new special feature in its February 1st edition. Responding to an overwhelming reaction to the column “A Question of Abuse” by RightTurns.com author John Sidline, the publication invited subject matter experts as guest-columnists to write follow-up columns from a variety of perspectives all on the subject of potential abuses by child protective social services agencies nationwide.

The February 1st National Issue Forum guest-columnists are:

·    Utah State Senator D. Chris Buttars (R – West Jordan)

·    Oregon State Representative Dr. Janet Carlson (R – Salem)

·    Michigan State Representative Lauren Hager (R – Port Huron)

·    Dr. Richard Green, MD, Chief of Neurology at the Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center

“In my research I found alleged social services abuses reported largely by local press and treated only as local or state issues,” said Sidline. “My aim was not to draw any conclusions on policy, but rather to expose reported abuses by social services agencies as a national issue that needs more examination. We obviously touched a nerve as we received scores of letters from around the country, the vast majority in agreement and thanking us for raising the issue.”

The four guest columns can be viewed at the links below:

·    Sen. D. Chris Buttars, “Protecting The Innocent”

·    Rep. Dr. Janet Carlson, “In Search of a System for Abused and Neglected Children”

·    Rep. Lauren Hager, “Conservative Republicans need to come out of the closet on child protection issues.”

·    Dr. Richard Green “Limit Federal Child Support Enforcement to Welfare Cases”


The three state legislators contributing to the February 1st National Issue Forum are subject matter experts on questions of social services policy and law. Dr. Richard Green has relevant experience both as a parent and activist for the rights of noncustodial parents.

John Sidline’s original column can be viewed at:

·    John Sidline, “A Question of Abuse”


The National Issue Forum will be featured in RightTurns.com when topics covered in the twice monthly online publication generate significant interest from readers warranting further analysis and comment by people with relevant expertise and wide-ranging conservative positions. RightTurns.com features regular and guest columnists who write an a broad range of national political issues.

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About RightTurns.com

RightTurns.com (http://www.rightturns.com) is an online conservative commentary magazine issued twice monthly. RightTurns.com features the political observations of columnists Arthur Bruzzone, Bill Whalen, John Sidline and Sam Harper as well as a subject matter expert guest columnists. RightTurns.com also features the “Sullivan-Fowler Award” for the politically dumb.

Utah State Senator D. Chris Buttars (dcbuttars@utahsenate.org)

D. Chris Buttars (R) represents West Jordan in the Utah State Senate. Senator Buttars is also the executive director of the Utah Boys Ranch. As chairman of senate's interim Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, he has been playing active role in the reform of youth services agencies. Before being elected to the Senate, he was a West Jordan City Councilman.

Oregon State Representative Dr. Janet Carlson (jcarlson@oregonvos.net)

Dr. Janet Carlson (R) represents Salem in the Oregon House of Representatives where she serves on the Joint Human Resources and House Patient Choice in Health Care Committees. She also serves as the House appointee to the State Commission on Children and Families and was recently appointed to the Children, Families and Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

About Michigan State Representative Lauren Hager (lhager@advnet.net)

Lauren Hager (R) represents Port Huron in the Michigan House of Representatives. A resident of Port Huron, Hager retired after working 35 years as a special education teacher. He served as mayor pro tem and was a city council member. Hager is also a member of Blue Water Citizens Against Crime. Hager and his wife, Carol, have two children.

Dr. Richard Green, MD (Richard.M.Green@kp.org)

Richard M. Green, M.D. is Chief of Neurology at the Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles Medical Center. He is a co-custodial father of two children and an active member of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, the Alliance for Noncustodial Parents Rights, and the Center For Children's Justice.

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