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Foster families no more needy than others
Regarding the “Making Clovis a Safer Place” story (Dec. 16 CNJ):

For the last eight years my husband and I have been licensed foster parents in Curry County. I am also contracted with the state as the county’s foster parent liaison. As part of my duties I help recruit and retain foster parents.

I was offended by the home-improvement store’s insinuation that foster parents are “needy.” We are required to have certain safety features in our homes before we can be licensed but we also have to be self supportive and not “needy.”

Granted, most of the foster parents spend far more than they are reimbursed for the children but we are still not “needy.”

We were one of the families that benefited from the home-improvement store’s generosity. We were contacted and told they had a certain amount of money and would like to donate safety equipment to foster parents, so we had some of our older equipment replaced.

The people that become foster parents do it for the love of children and youth and to give something back to the community just as the store’s employees were trying to do. The sad thing is we are not a big corporation so no one notices what these families do for the community.

I would like to compliment the group that came to our home. They could not have been more professional, kind and polite.

While I am on my soap box, let me throw out some numbers.

Two years ago, Curry County had 25 to 30 children in care.

That number is up to more than 100, but we have basically the same number of foster parents.

In our effort to recruit, we do not want prospective families to think they will become “needy” by deciding to help our community and become foster parents.

For information on becoming a foster parent, contact our local Children, Youth and Families office.

Barbara Martin
Curry County
foster parent liaison

Ranchvale safer than schools in town
I am in disbelief how Clovis’ school Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm can say that any other school in the district would have more security than Ranchvale.

In the Q & A published in the CNJ on Jan. 22, she said, “Those kids … will be adjusted in a new school with more security, closer to town.”

My children’s safety is my utmost concern and that is one of the many reasons why I chose Ranchvale.

Take a look at the Web site for Family Watchdog and you will see Ranchvale is not surrounded by registered sex offenders with offenses against children. In fact, there aren’t any anywhere near there.

Folks at Ranchvale know each other and it is obvious when a stranger comes into the area.

Now take a look on Family Watchdog and see where these sexual offenders live in Clovis. Yep, near the schools where she wants to send my kids.

Where would you want to send your kids?

Seidenwurm needs to adjust her thinking.

Kym Faulkner
Clovis

Spankings make good discipline
Regarding the editor’s Web log on spanking:

I can remember a lot of things from the good old days.

We started each school day with a prayer and the pledge. I knew that if I did something wrong that I would get my butt busted. I also knew that if I did something right that I wouldn’t get my butt busted!

I remember kids getting into fights and arguments. When it was over, it was over. Nobody came back to school with a gun.

We had tough guys and gangs, but no drive-by shootings.

I don’t ever remember an 8-year-old cussing out a teacher.

My older brothers would fight each other to see who would bust me for something I did wrong. If I had talked back to my mother, both of them would have got me with no cooling off period.

I had heroes who were not in the paper every week for drug charges or their morals.

Joe Christopherson
Clovis