Letter to the Editor

Greg and Theresa Rasch

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sitting at my desk, watching the raging blizzard we are experiencing this 14th day of April, the city of Spencer has pulled the snow plows, and many businesses have closed. A multitude of thoughts and awarenesses pass through the old bean. Mother Nature can be quite fickle. Spring is just around the corner! What corner?

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are just concluding National Victim Rights Week. Mental Health Awareness Month (May) is just two weeks away. And as reported in the April 9 edition of the SDR, Greg and Theresa Rasch were honored as Angels in Adoption. A couple is only singled out in this way because they have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. U.S. Rep. Steve King was here to congratulate the Rasch family and learn more about the joys and heartaches of parenting. The couple and the congressman share the common experience of having cared for children in the foster care system. Several takeaways from the parenting experience: 1) As was so well articulated by Greg Rasch, "you can't unteach some things and love can't solve everything." Not everyone can do a good job of parenting, and some can do a great job, if given the opportunity. 2) To parent effectively, and especially in today's world, to stay with it for the long haul requires commitment, compassion and a strong sense of self.

Spencer can truly be proud that people such as Greg and Theresa call this place home. And thanks, Mr. Editor, for writing a letter of nomination. Together it works!

Bill Kersting, Spencer