Email Letters: October 6, 2017

There is a dire need for foster homes in our community

While the news focuses on the disasters around the world, Ariel would like to direct attention to the tragedies right in our community. The need for foster homes is more dire than it has ever been. That means a lot of kids are being sent to homes elsewhere, far away from their families and support systems.

The Western Slope is in a crisis. We are seeing far more requests for out of home placements and the truth is, there are not enough foster homes.

We don’t sugar coat it, the process of becoming a certified foster home is lengthy. Foster parents need extensive training and thorough background checks and Ariel would support you through this process. We encourage our community to step outside their comfort zone and help our children. It’s the least we can do for them.

If you have ever considered becoming foster parents – now is the time. Foster parents are reimbursed with monthly stipends and Ariel supports their families with hands on case management, training, encouragement and access to resources.

KATHY MCCOY
Adoption Program Manager, Ariel Clinical Services
Grand Junction

Let’s create opportunities for the students that live here now

My daughter was married to a military officer. Over the course of years, they moved frequently. Whenever they did not live on base, but were in a position to select their own housing arrangements, my daughter would research the school districts within a reasonable radius of her husband’s assignments. They would then look for a place to live within the school district that they deemed the best for their children.

My son-in-law retired as their eldest child was going into high school. As he interviewed in several locations for a civilian job, my daughter did her usual research. Once they felt a school district met their personal goals, they determined which school was what they felt was the best, and bought their home in that area. Their children ended up with outstanding educations and are currently attending college. I might add that although they ended up living in a college town that was not one of their requirements in finding a home for their family. The children are currently attending colleges out of state.

Let’s create opportunities for the students that live here now, and provide an environment that draws new families. Vote for 3A and 3B.

MARILYN CALHOUN
Fruita

Our elected officials should allow profitable, legal marijuana business

Some analysts ascribe Denver’s booming real estate market and economic growth partly to the legalization of marijuana. Our elected officials cry “Poor me” and, “Oh, woe is me…what can we do?” while stubbornly refusing to allow this legal, self-sustaining, growing and profitable business. And they want to raise our taxes?

MARTHA BARRETT SCOTT
Grand Junction

NFL players should put differences aside and be Americans

Where are the NFL players that I remember who, after 9/11, stood proud with police officers and fire fighters holding American flags over their hearts, many with tears streaming down their faces when the national anthem was played?

I guess we have forgotten what it was like to put our differences aside and just be Americans. What a shame.

PATRICK WARD
Delta


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Patrick:

“What a shame” that you are unable or unwilling to differentiate between the NFL players’ response to 9/11—when a small group of terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims, and the recent protests of Black players and their White supporters against the killing of unarmed Black citizens by our own police.  That’s not what our flag should stand for, so why should they stand for the flag when kneeling seems more apropos.

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