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I think for councillors such as yourself, who clearly attend the vast majority of meetings you are expected to, and do things like going and knocking on doors on a Saturday afternoon in an immediate response to a constituents concerns voiced on Facebook, the proposed £16k would not be an unreasonable salary.But I think if that had been approved then there would have had to be rules put in place around attendance as there is for any other employee. I am expected to turn up to work on the days I am being paid to work and if I didn't turn up one morning the boss would want to know why before he agreed to pay me.I would be in favour of making the role a 'proper job' with a living wage and councillors accountable for the hours they put in.I would much rather that than have councillors who have other calls on their time to the point where they don't attend meetings they are supposed to be at (we have talked before about that issue and the attendance records of certain individuals).We might actually encourage a more diverse range of people to go into the 'job' rather than either those with independent means or those willing to work for less than the minimum wage.Well done and thank you for all you do. I might not always agree with your politics, but certainly no one could question the time, commitment and effort you put in and your willingness to work for a solution to anyone's problems.Thanks Alex
Stellar work there everyone. I'll keep on reading.
. You wrote back and I noted your website and had to make a visit here.There cannot be enough comments on addiction. Those of us who love or have loved an addicted person (I try not to use the term “addict” because of the visual images that that term imprints on our psyche – the disheveled, low-life loser criminal that we’ve too long associated with that word – I prefer to call them addicted people, which I think is a little less degrading) must continue to speak out anywhere we can about this disease that is taking far too many lives each year.Addicted people have a disease, a chronic, relapsing
ain disease, and they need help, just as any other person afflicted with a disease needs. They already castigate themselves enough for their disease, we, as a society do not need to add to their despair. As my son always told me, “Mom, nobody wakes up one day and decides to be an addict.” Indeed they do not. Nobody chooses addiction. They may choose to do drugs but they do not choose addiction. Addiction is a horrible side effect of the unwise choice to do drugs or to self-medicate.The Teen Brain is definitely different from the mature
ain (anyone who has ever raised a teen can tell you that,) because their
ains have not fully matured. I’m on the Parent Advisory Board of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and they have a lot of wonderful information on their site (www.drug-free.org) about the Teen Brain. I copied (with their permission of course) a whole article on the Teen Brain from their site for my second book, Slaying the Addiction Monster. My passion is reaching out to the younger kids – the ones in 5th and 6th grade and up. Shockingly (or perhaps not so shockingly to those who work in addiction) we have to reach these kids at a younger and younger age, before the Addiction Monster has firmly taken over their
ain. My third book, which is my first children’s book is called The Addiction Monster and the Square Cat. This is geared toward 5th and 6th grade and up and talks to the kids about not only drugs, but addiction. I believe this is what we have to focus on – the fact that anybody can become addicted on their very first line of cocaine or crystal meth or heroin or Oxy ot whatever. It can happen. My own son did not believe this, even after constant admonition from my husband and I and after many family discussions about drugs, until on his 17th birthday a band mate lai
Great thinking! That really
eaks the mold!
Dear Rick (?) and Abbie,Congratulations to both of you. You are one special couple and have a beautiful family. I am so glad that you are Christians and love the Lord. You will always be blessed. Even though Timothy is 22 now I still enjoy watching your beautiful son grow and develop. He happens to be one of the cutest little guys I have ever seen. He does remind me a lot of Timothy when he was little. We will see what happens in the next 21 or so years. Timothy will be 23 in January. Thanks Abbie for taking time out of your busy schedule to compliment Timothy on his baby picture. Gotta run, We have to do dishes and get to bed so that we will be fresh to go to church tomorrow. Blessings on the extreme joy which you are experiencing. It is really hard to believe but my husband Dave and I have been married 39 years. Doesn’t seem possible. He has been in the ministry since 1984. He went to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. It has been a sometimes awesome time and at other times very frustrating. We are all human and no one is perfect. Welcome into the fold of Christ’s ministers of faith.
Stumbled upon this and of course I can’t seem to leave here. I to have a son with Down Syndrome but I am not a first time parent. I have two older children, but when I had my third, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. When the doctor told me that my son has Down Syndrome, I couldn’t speak. I knew about Down Syndrome only from studying it in Health class in High School. For awhile I had a hard time not thinking that it was my fault, in fact that was all I could think about, even though I know it wasn’t. I did research, joined groups, went to the local County Building and got information and got his therapies all lined up. And of course he is a very
ight healthy 4 yr old with only one small hole in his heart. And I am still learning along with him, but all in all he is an angel from heaven
Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good information.
Hey Annabel. I have been following your blog for OMG such a long time now! You are such an anazimg gal. I used to check your blog daily and sometimes you would take days to finally post things up, but I'm excited to see that you are following up more often now and that to me is AWESOME! Your blog fans love you and of course we want to see what you're doing and dressing daily because you are an inspiration to us all. Keep it up!
This forum needed shaking up and you've just done that. Great post!
I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it extremely easy for me!