Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor for Sunday June 24, 2012

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Consider becoming a CASA volunteer

The trial of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky is dominating the news. Every day, sordid new details emerge about his alleged abuse of children entrusted to his care. Because he was considered an upstanding citizen, no one could imagine he might be taking advantage of vulnerable boys entrusted to his care. And because of his standing, the children were afraid to cry out because they feared they would not be believed.

Unlike the Sandusky case, there is little outcry about the thousands of children abused every year in Texas — one every eight minutes according to figures from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Most of them are abused by people known to the children. Every 38 hours in 2011, a child died from abuse and neglect in Texas.

In 2011 in Navarro County, our children's advocacy center interviewed 150 children about being the victims of child sexual or physical abuse. Our CASA program represented 118 children who had been the victims of neglect or abuse that required them to be removed from their home and placed in foster care.

But the outrage over these statistics is remarkably absent.

If the Sandusky case makes you angry, turn that anger into good for our children in our community.

Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate - a CASA volunteer. Of those 118 children here in Navarro County, only 62 had a volunteer CASA to represent them. CASA volunteers are ordinary people appointed by judges to speak up for the best interest of children, who through no fault of their own, end up in foster care. Last year, there were 46,063 children in Texas' custody and more than half did not have a CASA volunteer to speak up for them in court and in the child welfare system. These children went through the terrifying process of being removed from their homes and losing everything they knew. CASA volunteers work to move children through the foster care system and into safe permanent homes as quickly as possible.

For more information call our office (903) 872-3772 and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children.

Shannon Dunn

Training Coordinator

or Jenny Bratton

Executive Director

En español

Sandra Cole

Volunteer Supervisor

Support for Shelton

Dear Editor:

I would like to take a few moments of your time to express my support for Darrell Shelton as the Navarro County Commissioner for Pct.1. As former principal of Corsicana High School, I have worked comprehensively with Darrell on numerous issues that affected not only our school but our community as well. I have found his character and decision-making skills to be exemplary. Leadership, strategic planning, care, and motivation are inherent traits that are fine-tuned through hands-on experience and dedication. More than anyone else, Darrell Shelton possesses these traits and has used them to make our school a better place.

Darrell Shelton is well known among the school community to have an intense regard for the welfare of our youth, working diligently to see that they not only met their obligation to obtain an education, but that they worked to become positive members of our community.

To be sure, Darrell is a professional of the highest quality. He is an innovative department chair for science who has earned the respect of administrators, colleagues, and students. Most importantly, he handles pressure well and offers help to those who do not. As a result of his efforts, he betters the lives of those around him.

Darrell Shelton would represent Navarro County extremely well as the commissioner for Precinct 1. He is an invaluable asset whom I highly recommend constituents vote for. His dedication to this community has established him as one of the finest representatives that we have. If any of your readers would like to discuss his attributes in more detail, they should not hesitate to contact me at (903) 874-8211.


Greg Bower

(former) principal Corsicana High School

‘Tetched’ response

To the editor:

I am replying to the letter written by Eula Faye on Sunday, June 17. Tetched in the head? No, and neither am I.

I am an 86-year-old man, disabled and in a wheelchair for a number of years. I sit out in my driveway on Northwood when the weather permits and wave at the people passing by.

Over the years I have made many friends this way. Many times someone will stop and say ‘I have waved or honked at you for years and I just want to meet you.’ During the holidays several have stopped with a little Christmas greeting and I feel so blessed that they care enough to do this.

So Eula Faye, stay in your driveway and keep waving and talking to people passing by. I intend to.

Jack Owens

Concerned Parent

To the Editor: I just wanted to give a heads-up to parents about the new movie Madagascar III.  First, let me say that I really enjoyed the first two movies, and found the characters endearing and the plot interesting.  But, it almost seemed like Madagascar III was not made by the same people who made the first two movies.  The animation, instead of being detailed and realistic (well, at least cartoon-realistic), was more like a neon Spirograph.  But the main problem with the movie, and the reason I am counseling my friends to avoid it, is the bigotry it displays.  It is very denegrating to the French and Canadians.  I was very disappointed to see this kind of message in a movie targeted at the young audience.


C. David Eagle