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Mental Illness, Online Anonymity and DNA Submissions Among Hottest Blog Posts

From submitting a DNA sample when arrested to comparing the President to the Three Stooges, Patch bloggers weighed in on a variety of topics this week. Here is a look at some of the most popular posts over the past week.

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.

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 04, 2013 at 01:28 AM
By the headline, I thought they were about the same thing.
Mr Lundt February 04, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Makes you wonder what would happen to your participation numbers you bragged about if you used real names???? While it may be unintended consequences, the consequenses are not hard to to see.
NObama 2012 February 04, 2013 at 04:11 AM
At least 50 million households in the US have at least one firearm. There are around 9000 firearms homicides per year. There are around 19000 firearms suicide per year. There are fewer than 1000 accidental deaths from firearms per year. There are approximately 4 million homosexual men in the country. 75% of new HIV infections are transmitted by men having sex with men. There are around 50,000 people newly infected by HIV every year. Around 17,000 people die of AIDS every year. The New York Times will never publish an opinion piece by a man saying "Please take away my right to have sex with other men."
vocal local 1 February 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Would have been nice if the reporter had given us some numbers reflective of the position of the bloggers. From what I read: the majority of comments on guns were against government making the laws stricter.
goldandgre February 04, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Great site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also

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