Letter to the editor

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LaFollette Press:

My name is Betty Leach, I was born at LaFollette Hospital, grew up and lived in this county all of my life.

I have recently had the unfortunate experience of becoming involved with an area social services agency and I have to say there are no words to describe it. I have worked with the public in the medical community for over 25 years, paid my fair share of taxes, and hopefully I have helped a few people along the way.

Therefore, there is no way that I am going to cower down and allow someone, who in reality works for me, to treat me, nor my family, the way we were treated by this entity.

We were treated with indifference, spoken to inappropriately, bullied into believing that we had no choice except to do what we were told, and subsequently betrayed by a job not done. In the last few days, it has been brought to my attention that there are many others in this county that have shared a similar experience to mine.

If you are a grandparent at wits end and financially drained but have no say because you’re “just a grandparent”, a father who is worried sick about your children, paying support, but have no rights simply because you are the wrong gender, a frustrated foster parent, who has repetitively sent children back to unsafe conditions just at the time they begin to make progress, or anyone who has been rear-ended by this group and believes with me that the children of Campbell county are worth speaking up for, I would like to talk to you.

The children in this county are not throw away kids. If we do not face this issue now, we will face it in the future in the form of violence and crime. I am asking for all interested persons to contact me at dleachtn@comcast.net with one voice we will make our concerns known to the proper state and federal authorities.

Betty Leach