We need to better protect children and animals

Day in and day out we picked up the newspaper and read about child predators, animal cruelty or drugs. What will it take for us to help poor defenseless children and defenseless animals from being abused and sometimes even killed?

What will it take for our lawmakers to revisit the penalties and stiffen them to the place it will deter these acts?

It seems the current penalties are not working because daily you can pick up the newspaper and read about the very same thing day in and day out … without fail.

Wake up, W.Va. lawmakers, and save our children and our animals. What steps or actions do good citizens need to take help make this happen?

Tom Smith