The Community Alert email reads, “Please join the Board of Franklin County Commissioners as we celebrate the opening of the newly completed Juvenile Services facility.”

Celebrate? Yes, we are pleased that now we have new and adequate facilities for our troubled youth. But it’s not all joy. Rather a sad commentary on the need for such a facility.

Let all of us involved with young people dedicate ourselves again to recognizing potential problems early and providing the guidance and support these young people need.

I’m pleading for prevention.

— Richard Bittner,