Issue: Family Issues

The position of the Forum is that there is a need in the United States to support and encourage the development of traditional family units, especially because of the benefits to children as they grow up with the shared support of two loving and non-abusive parents. At the same time, it is the position of the Forum that when children are cared for in a non-abusive manner with love and attention, all types of family unit (as discussed in a separate topic area) are equally worthy of encouragement and support. In this Issue area, suggestions are solicited as to how to engender support for all forms of family as defined in this Forum.
Instruction: Under each of the topics below, please make your contribution of a proposal to deal with the topic/problem, or provide a statement of unintended consequences. Feel free to comment on any contribution submitted by others.
  • Sale of Hazardous Agents With Children Present

    It appears (as a minimum) inappropriate to allow the sale and purchase of any hazardous agent (e.g. cigarettes and tobacco products), paint thinners, large and/or potentially deadly weapons) to the public in the immediate location of where children can also see and purchase (or watch adults select and pay for) food, candy, toys, fun electronic devices, medicines, etc. The suggestion is not to arbitrarily ban the sale of any product deemed legal to be sold in the United States, but rather to separate the display and sale of such products from obviously beneficial or joyful merchandise. This might require enclosed areas, and separate payment locations for selected dangerous items, and especially those items which are not to be legally sold to minors.

  • Home Ownership-Threat of Major Investment

    In many cities today, the cost of home ownership is rising beyond the ability of lower and middle income individuals and families to purchase homes. One reason is the opportunity for major investors, both American and increasingly foreign, to purchase and construct homes and apartments for speculative investment. Some investors have so much cash available that they do not have to "rush" to make the homes (including apartments) available for purchase. This topic area solicits methods for limiting the practice of speculative investing in new construction of homes where the land available for such construction is limited.

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