the editor: I would like to thank Kris Williams for her rebuttal to my article. It’s issues like this that need both sides represented to educate community members on what is going on in their community. I also want to commend those who volunteer their own time and resources to help those in need. But I must respond to what has been presented in Kris’ article. The phrase “it takes a community to raise a child” is similar to the more common phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”. I do agree with this concept, but a little differently than its promoters. I believe that the community should be able to volunteer their time and efforts for kids through the SMART Reading program, Big Brother/Sister programs, Youth Groups, churches, Boys and Girls of America, etc. If the child is unaware of these programs it is the responsibility of their neighbors, friends, and family to inform them, not a uniformed police officer and county health official. Bringing things back to Prineville. In Kris’ article she wrote “to help get needed services to clients who might not otherwise be able to access medical help”. If I read this part of her article without knowing the reason for her article I would think she was writing about taking medical care to crippled people, shut-ins, and folks who lived 50 miles from town without a vehicle. That I would support, but what she is actually talking about is going to any home with a child and offering free immunizations, information about welfare and other government programs, and making sure your home provides a healthy environment for your children. That is socialization. I love how people talk around the reality of issues to make people feel responsible, sympathetic, and even guilty. I can see a program like this in Reno, Nev., because the population is much larger than 8,250, and people are characteristically broke because of the life-styles they have chosen. Life is full of choices that our government makes for us, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As you can see I still do not condone a uniformed police officer and county health official going door to door to initially check up on us. Thanks to all of you who read these articles and respond. God Bless. Heather Fraser Prineville.
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