Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

August 11, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Another location needed for center

In response to the Aug. 8 editorial headlined “Ambushed:” Contrary to the newspaper’s view, it was one of the Court’s finest hours when it made the informed decision refusing to sign the application for Pathways to receive funding for the Recovery Center in the Cedar Knoll neighborhood and was nothing resembling a circus — no ringmasters. Judge Stevens was in complete control, but did not deny free speech.

The Court and the Boyd County residents encourage and will not oppose a Recovery Center.  To the contrary, we encourage Pathways to seek a site in Boyd County similar to the seven men’s centers across the state.

Ambused? Pathways announced attendance at court meeting to answer questions. Unaware that representatives from 178 families in Cedar Knoll and other neighborhoods would attend to ask poignant questions? Surprised at the level of the preparedness? Surprised, after discussion, that the court may deny the application? The resounding answer is no ambush. 

Residents met Monday evening and chose five people as spokespersons. Information was organized in the following three categories for questioning: (1) The site’s appropriateness, KDMC aborting plans, underground mines, graves. (2) Questions concerning the program, (3) Action Plan. Except for two or three voices, our plan was implemented in an orderly and respectful manner.

Facts:  Center houses 100 men suffering from addiction (60, committed crimes, of whom are placed by Department of Corrections).  Patients leave center in the morning and “trudge” the neighborhood, returning in the evening.  Unlike other centers, there’s no public transportation system.  Two staff members after 4 p.m. Some staff members are recovering addicts. Peer monitoring; regression in treatment steps for misbehavior.

These men are 100 individuals, not “others,” suffering from addiction who could be a family member or friend. My plea is that Pathways finds a site in Boyd County similar to the other centers.

Judy Nichols, Ashland

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