I've been transfixed by the story of the wealthy, narcissistic young Californian who went on a killing rampage last weekend because women wouldn't give him enough attention.

If anything, his paroxysm of violence proves those women were a pretty good judge of character... or the lack thereof.

Trouble is, it's not the only case in which a young person thought money could get them special treatment.

Remember the girl with sued her parents because they cut off her financial support when she refused to follow their rules? She's back home now, and dropped her suit.

How about well-to-do Johnson County teen Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to rehab after he crashed his vehicle, killing four and severely injuring two others?

We have made things far too easy for our children. Seeing material success around them, some believe the rules of life somehow do not apply to them. I suspect in each of these cases the problem started inside the house with too much overindulgence. All kids need a little adversity to learn how to stand up on their own.

It may be true that it takes a village to raise a child, but as a member of our production staff here says, parents need to do some raisin' of their own to keep their kids off the streets, out of trouble, and out of jail. Because if you don't raise 'em, the village will.

Those are my thoughts, send me yours at

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