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January 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor – Jan. 29, 2012

Good works by public works

Dear Editor,

Too often we let good deeds go by without giving words of appreciation to persons who go above and beyond to provide services to us as customers of our city of Mineral Wells.

In December we began experiencing trouble with our sewer facilities. Naturally, this occurred later in the evening after regular hours.

Todd Arneson and Richard Choate promptly responded to our call for assistance that evening and worked into the night to help us.

Kelly Jones and his city maintenance employees had to return on several occasions before the problem was satisfactorily solved. On each occasion the city employees were highly professional and we are very pleased with the end results.

We want to say “thanks so much” for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Larry Conklin, Mineral Wells

Writer backs Medlin for sheriff

Dear Editor,

Many signs supporting Gary Medlin for sheriff are seen around town. Many people are supporting Gary Medlin because he represents a new direction for Palo Pinto County.

He is a lawman who will uphold the laws and protect the citizens. He will provide leadership and offer the community a sheriff that wants to meet them, that will listen and will care about issues that matter to them. He will be a visible, active deterrent to crime in this county.

Gary is not one to hide behind standard answers people in this community hear, like the one that comes from city representatives, “Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County do not have a drug problem.” I guess the records are fixed if they are so naive to buy that line.

Other data clearly shows there is a drug problem in this county and city.

Gary has years of experience in law enforcement. He can instill positive work ethics as well as create the team effort that works with and for the community.

Our community will have a new sense of direction to build on with confidence. We will no longer be held hostage to the shoot first, dodge indictments later policy of our current sheriff. Residents will see a difference, they will see pride in doing things right, Gary will pull together a team that promotes law and order, trust, and community respect. He knows that works both ways, you don’t demand respect or intimidate people but as sheriff Gary Medlin will earn the respect of all citizens in Palo Pinto County.

Yes, I support Gary Medlin. I support a new direction and positive change for Palo Pinto

County. It is important for this community to change from a tarnished image of drugs and outlaws to a respectful and welcoming county open for new business and industry. Palo Pinto County is a beautiful county but seriously in need of a new dynamic in place to help make changes positive. We need a new sheriff.

S. Linda Jensen, Mineral Wells

A.R.M. seeks a helping hand

Dear Editor,

The year 2011 was a great year of accomplishments at A.R.M./G.R.A.C.E.

When we say accomplishments what does it really mean? Webster defines it as: “

Completion, an excellence of mind or matter gained by practice and training; A successful finish.”

An old German proverb says,”almost never killed a fly.”

At A.R.M./GR.A.C.E. almost is not enough because we are dealing with human lives and real needs. Most of our clients have lived lives of “almost” most of their lives. For the first time they are being challenged and equipped to live a life of “excellence of mind by practice and training.”

We serve an average of 75 clients a week with both programs. G.R.A.C.E. benevolence is many times an introduction to the A.R.M. program, poverty and drugs are twin problems that are a major concern in every city in America and one feeds the other, they cannot be separated.

The war on drugs has not dried up the supply and “just say no” has not stopped our children from destroying their lives. We cannot throw enough money at poverty to eliminate it, but we can deal with what causes addiction and resulting poverty (1-in-5 Texans live in poverty).

Three of the questions asked on our application is:

• “Does anyone in your family smoke; would you like help in quitting?”

• “Do you or anyone in your family have a drug problem; would you like help?”

• “Would you like budgeting.”

We offer a program that is more than a handout we attack the problem at the root not the result.

The classes we offer are: Image Enhancement; 12-Step Program; Encounter Group; Parenting; Anger Management; and Life Choices.

The Life Choices class is a new class that we have designed for the “Palo Pinto Co. Drug Endangered Children Coalition” initiated as a program by the State of Texas to find and deal with parents who are exposing their children to a drug environment. We are working through our court system and probation department to develop this program.

We presently have a class for teens called “Journey to Recovery.” We have five teens who are presently in that program. Ten more teens are required to participate in this program. We are having to generate a new class time on Tuesday night because of lack of space on our regular Monday night program.

We are planning to develop a partnership with the new classes called “Jobs for Life” that is starting at Cornerstone Church. Of course we continue in one on one counseling on budgeting and other crisis related issues. We also continue to operate our mens residency unit for rehabilitation as a six-year to one-year program.

One of our major sources of funding for the G.R.A.C.E. program is forming its own services and that funding is no longer available to our program, even though the funds we dispersed will still be available to those that need it our services will of course be curtailed but not stopped.

We are asking the businesses of our community and the churches to prayerfully consider financial support of this much-needed program. There is no other entity in our area providing the complete services we offer in dealing with poverty and addictions. If you desire to know more how you can help call us at (940) 325-7499 or (940) 325-7466 or come by 112 South Oak Ave. Our hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

This program over five years in existence has served 1,999 clients. We have provided services of $108,591.83. This service is provided through volunteer help. Space is donated by A.R.M. so there is no administrative costs. Every dollar goes directly to meet the needs of our clients.

You’re Servant in Christ,

Ted Oliver, director, A.R.M./G.R.A.C.E.

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