Letters to the Editor - Aug. 9, 2013

More memories of Nelsons

Thank you, Karl Klooster, for the special tribute to the Richard Nelson family. It was an article well-written, and the family picture brought back many memories.

The Nelson family has always been a special part of my life. Dr. Richard became my doctor in 1959, delivered my babies and was on call — even house calls — anytime when the children were small. Norma came down to the hospital to offer encouraging words and support as well. They were with me whenever needed.

We were also family friends who visited back and forth with our children in tow. I accompanied Norma to Laurelwood Academy a few times, and we listened to Dick playing the organ many times on family visits.

Even though the article does not mention the organ, Dick returned from the India mission just in time to play the organ at my second wedding 41 years ago. My husband, Glen, and Dick became very good friends over these many years. We do appreciate this family, and I know many others in the community do as well.

Corinne Rice



Supporting relief nursery

I am writing to encourage support of A Family Place. Cara Copeland and Jordan Robinson provide incredible leadership to an organization that will make a difference in our community for generations to come.

Relief nurseries help build the kinds of communities that are life-giving and sustainable; the kind of communities we all want to be part of. My wife and I are supporting and engaging with this worthy organization. What better investment than providing relief to families at risk so that young children develop a sense of well-being, receive a healthy breakfast and lunch, and are offered loving care and early childhood education?

It costs $5,000 a year to provide these services at A Family Place, whereas it costs nearly $80,000 annually for a young person in a juvenile corrections facility. That math is easy to do. Invest now to save later.

After its doors open Oct. 1, A Family Place will work to provide parent mentoring, which will lead to more nurturing and stable environments in the home, and collaborate with other local service organizations to develop our community.

Members of the Leadership Council visited a relief nursery in Eugene and asked about its success rate: 95 percent. To ensure that answer wasn’t an oddity, they asked Salem, and its percentage was 99 percent. This works!

What is success? It is preventing child abuse and neglect in our community’s most at-risk families. Each success story represents a life that can be infused with hope for a bright future, that can contribute to a better community and a better world, that can change our community and our world, and that can be lived to its full potential and purpose.

Will you join me in supporting this?

To learn more about A Family Place and how you can help, visit www.familyplace relief.org.

Mark Wickman




Mark is right. This is an excellent organization that is going to do a lot of good for our community!

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