Blog posts in Wisconsin Patches this past week ran the gamut — from mental health to gun control to bullying.
Every day, Patch's Local Voices bloggers share information, insight and opinion about what matters to them. Here's a selection of blogs from throughout the past week.
In, "Mental illness and Violence: An opinion," Patch Local Voices contributor Tracy Craft takes a look at President Barack Obama's movement to require more mental health screenings in an effort to decrease violence in America.
"Passport Please" garnered more than 114 comments in just a couple of days on Patch. Rees Roberts asks if no longer allowing people to post anonymously online would help develop more respectful and responsible posting. Drawing from current events, Roberts talks about a news article he found where some Facebook and Instagram users had their accounts pulled from them until they provide a copy of government-issued ID. Is validating someone's identity helpful or harmful in an online world?
It's a debate over First Amendment rights in, "DNA Collection at Arrest: Vital Crime Fighting Tool or Invasion of Privacy?" Waukesha attorney Mark Powers talks about whether it's right or wrong to be subjected to providing a DNA sample to police when arrested for a felony or select misdemeanors.
Brian Dey compares Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to the Three Stooges in a post about changes to gun laws in, "." With 72 comments, this post has got quite a heated discussion going.
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network calls for more than just one day of tolerance, but asks readers to consider a year-long call to action in, "Beyond No Name-Calling Week: A 365 Call to Action in Your Schools and Communities." A recent GLSEN study found that in the course of a single school year, two-thirds of teens reported being verbally or physically harassed because of their perceived or actual appearance, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, race/ethnicity, disability or religion.