Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

August 25, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Whole story not being told

I am a resident of the Cedar Knoll subdivision. Our community does support Pathways and its work. However, the Genesis-Recovery Drug Rehab Center does not belong in our residential neighborhood, or for that matter in any residential neighborhood in Boyd County.

I have lived in Cedar Knoll for over 20 years and it is a great neighborhood. It is a quiet, safe neighborhood with a low crime rate with great families from elderly to young families with children.

This center is threatening the qualities that make our subdivision what it is. Some writers don’t see the problem we are facing. I don’t believe they know the whole story.

Do you know: no security? Encouraged to roam the streets? Led by peers who have only been in the facility a few months themselves?

Pathways states they want the facility close to health care and a grocery but where will these men get the money to go to these places?

I encourage an Independent staff writer to contact one of our spokepersons to get our side of the story as it has not been told. We have heard that Pathways is looking at other properties.

What if it is your neighborhood? How would you really feel? Would you like your property values to drop? What if it was close to your homes, your businesses, your children? Would you feel safe? Could your children still play outdoors?

I would hope that no other community would have to go through this, but please don’t judge ours unless you know the whole story.

Teresa Mills, Ashland

Ex-user knows value of treatment

I am writing this in regards to the possibility of the drug rehabilitation center going in at Cedar Knoll.

First, I understand the concern for the safety of the neighborhood, but I assure you the Department of Corrections is not going to place violent offenders out in the community for anything. These men will have to go through a whole process before it is determined whether they can come into the community. They will be nonviolent offenders convicted of drug charges.

We desperately need this drug rehab in this community. I think we all agree the drug problem has become an epidemic.

I know all too well about addiction and prison. That is exactly where my addiction led me. I was to prison for 21 months for drug trafficking.

I am happy to say I am 31 months clean. I have a job, I work in the community to help other ex-offenders and addicts like me. Some of these people just need a chance.

I facilitate Lifeline meetings in Grayson, work with the E.N.O.U.G.H. program and I also work with the FIVCO Re-entry Council. All this is possible because I received treatment.

These are not bad people; they just made bad decisions. I guess my question to all the people opposing this treatment facility is this, what if it were someone in your family that needed this treatment facility? Would it matter then where it would go? Addiction/alcoholism does not discriminate. There are several of us out here everyday who have recovered and become good, productive citizens in this community. We do recover!

Shirley Wilks, Ex-offender, recovering addict, E.N.O.U.G.H./Lifeline, FIVCO Re-entry Council, Rush

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