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Crisis Center services for all
Editor:
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a substantial portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The week before Exodus International, the Evangelical Christian ministry that sought to change the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians issued an apology to the gay community for being part of a “system of ignorance” that hurt the LGBT community and closed their doors.  Last fall California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-in-the nation law to ban mental health professionals from trying to change the sexual orientation of those under the age of 18.  The understanding and acceptance of individual sexual orientation and gender identity is both making progress and shamefully lacking.

When a young adult is homeless, chances are good the youth is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.  According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about half a million youth and young adults under 24 have at one point been homeless for more than one week; and multiple sources, including The Williams Institute, report that between 40 and 60 percent of them are LGBT.  The most significant cause for homeless LGBT kids is due to being ostracized by their birth families.  These youth may also face discrimination and hostility when they try to get help from formal organizations.  Living on the streets puts these young people at great risk of violence, sexual assault and being propositioned for prostitution just as the fear of homelessness and the likely ramifications may lead a victim to continue to live with domestic violence.

The Crisis Center, Inc. is committed to the safety and empowerment of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The Crisis Center provides safe shelter, advocacy, and education to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status.  Rather by calling our 24/7 crisis line at 308.381.0555 or visiting our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., our intention is provide service and make all communities safer.
Lex Ann Roach,
Executive Director Crisis Center, Inc.

The other side of the recall
Editor:
For the past couple of months, we have remained silent while the character and integrity of our father, Dale Palser, has been under attack due to his position on the Central City School Board. We can no longer remain silent while others continue to attempt to tarnish the name and reputation of a man we dearly love and respect. Anyone who personally knows our father can attest to the fact that he is honest, hard-working, trustworthy, dependable, and fair. It is his character that has gotten him elected, and re-elected, to this board for the past 23 years. He has volunteered his time and has remained on the board long after his children attended this school because he cares deeply about the school and this community.

What a benefit it has been to have a board member with no “hidden agenda” and no emotional ties to the issues that have come up over the years. A person serving like that is purely looking at what is in the best interest of the school and the community. What many people seem to not know or understand is that there are rules and laws that have to be followed. Our father has worked hard to understand those rules and laws to make decisions that are in the best interest of the school, even when many times those decisions have been unpopular.

All in all, we are writing this letter to ask that before you sign a petition or cast a vote, you consider the character of the man, as well as the other men, this group is attempting to recall. The reasons for attempted recall cited on the petition state: “1. Lack of responsiveness to concerns raised by public and staff; 2. Lack of oversight and failure to require accountability from administrators; and 3. Failure to provide leadership to improve our school.” If this recall is really about the above reasons, we challenge you to ask the following questions:

•    How many board meetings prior to the recent firing of the CCHS football coach did you attend?

•    Did you attend the board meeting in which contracts for the administrators were signed earlier this year to voice your concerns and protest the signing of those contracts?

•    Why are only these three board members being singled out for recall and not the entire board?
You see, the supporters of this recall will try to tell you that this is not personal and not just about the firing of a football coach. Yet, where were they prior to the firing of the football coach? As parents ourselves, we understand that every school district faces issues and that the administration and board must make decisions that we do not always understand or agree with. While we may not know what (if any) issues exist in the Central City Public Schools, we do know that our father does care, he does listen when people come to him, he looks at all angles, absolutely ensures that all protocol is followed, and most of all he wants to, and is committed to, do what is right.

We ask that before you sign the petition or cast your vote, that you have considered all of the facts.
Brent & Cheri Strong
Eric & Rebecca Stanosheck
Brad & Alisa Palser

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