The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

January 29, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Breakdown of family behind recent violence

After reading an article regarding the number of persons killed by law enforcement in the state this month I can’t help but wonder how long it will take to realize the root cause of all of the violence and killing we see today is the breakdown of the traditional family.

In the Jan. 16 article, State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous hit the nail on the head. “We are seeing a whole generation of kids with poor upbringing, morals weren’t clearly defined.”

The culture has worked overtime to dilute the institution of marriage. We are experiencing an epidemic of children growing up without fathers.

This pot has come to a slow boil over several decades with little notice. I fear the worst is yet to come. Pray that our country returns to the values that made us strong and safe.

Harry Evans

Beckley

A special thank you to event supporters

Greenbrier County Special Olympics athletes say a “Special Thank You” to everyone who has come out to support them at their fundraisers.

A “Special Thank You” to these companies and individuals for hosting, or providing goods/funds/services for our fundraisers: Chuck Hughes and staff at Applebee’s, Cornerstone IGA, Greenbrier Motors, Jim’s Drive-In, Kroger, Pizza Hut, Ruby Tuesday, Snyders Potato Chips, Quick Essentials, and Walmart.

For publicity, a “Special Thank You” to Beckley Register-Herald, Burger King, Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston Gazette, Monroe Watchman, Mountain Messenger, Radio Greenbrier, West Virginia Daily News/Valley Ranger and WJLS Radio.

Companies and individuals are encouraged to make donations to Greenbrier County Special Olympics by sending checks to Tamera Fraley, Director, 14 Drewery Ave., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986-2318. To discuss fundraising ideas or for personal pick-up of donations, call John Miller Jr. at 304-646-0579 or Linda Weikle at 304-645-0058.

Greenbrier County Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that uses its funds to purchase T-shirts/uniforms, pay registration fees for state events, and other fees as needed for its athletes.

Athletes will be competing in the state Special Olympics basketball and cheerleading tournament in Morgantown in March. Practice has started.

Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities comprehensive year-round training and competition in Olympic-type sports. It is open to all people with intellectual disabilities who are at least 8 years old, regardless of the degree of their disability.

Athletes interested in participating in Greenbrier County Special Olympics may contact Tamera Fraley at 304-536-3171 or John Miller Jr. at 304-646-0579. Athletes do not have to live in Greenbrier County to participate.

Linda S. Weikle

Public Relations Coordinator

Greenbrier County Special Olympics

Lewisburg

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