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Home, community shape generations to come

Posted: February 8, 2011 2:02 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

I am writing in regard to an article in your paper about our new sheriff, Jim Matthews. I believe he is the best person to be in the sheriff’s position.

His targeting stores that may be selling alcohol to minors is right on. The young people get the title of being out of control, or of just being destructive. But I believe it starts with us as the adults to be the examples. We know the rules and the laws, so why put our young people in jeopardy by selling them cigarettes or alcohol.

I have been ministering in prisons and jails for years, and I have seen many parents -- men and women -- in there. Where is that leaving the young people? It starts in the HOME.

It’s like a sore on your arm or leg. One can leave it exposed to the elements and ignore it and hope it will go away. Or that it will heal itself. But that’s not always the case. It needs to be cared for.

Our young generation is not just one person’s responsibility, but the community’s as a whole.

I had a young individual ask me awhile back if I would help him get some tobacco. I told him no, that it was illegal and I just could not go there. And if we as a community truly care about our youth, we will say the “no” word to them.

My husband and I moved here from Wyoming six years ago, and we really like it here. The community has reached out to us in love and friendship and welcomed us not as strangers moving here but as part of one big family. We want to thank everyone for that welcome.


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