No Fixed Address

In local news, Washington DC is abuzz with a horrifying case in which police found a woman living with the skeletal remains of her four children, apparently killed by their mother who explains they were possessed by demons. Mayor Adrian Fenty revealed today that the city’s social services agencies had been looking into intervening on behalf of the children when a nurse reported that the family was living in a van and one or both parents had substance abuse problems. At this point they decided to close the interview because . . . the family had no fixed address. Because that, of course, is always great news.

It’s just terrible stuff; in a country with as many resources as this one, we really ought to be able to stop kids from falling through the crack like this. A banal sentiment, yes, but it’s true nevertheless.