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Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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ALH
Enumclaw, WA

My daughter is a social worker who has recently adopted an 11 yr. old girl from a dysfunctional background. Hearing the experiences she has professionally, and seeing how difficult it is the terminate parental rights in even the most egregious cases, I know how difficult it would have been for those dear boys to have stability when such strong conflict existed between the two families. While the courts claim child welfare as their first objective, that is not always evident from their decisions. Those boys may have been subjected to another fifteen years of conflict and "ping-ponging" between grandparents/family who loved them and a controlling father who would distort their perspective. Controlling people see wives and children as possessions which they refuse to let go, not as individuals who have to right to self-determination in pursuit of happiness and growth. Sexual addictions and the denial usually accompanying them poison and damage generations. I grieve for those who've lost these precious children. The boys,however,may have been spared from emotional scarring and distorted attitudes that follow denial of wrong-doing and hatefulness. They are safe in loving arms. May we all learn to be more wise, and work to heal the hurts that harm our little ones.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

So it is very clear, God had nothing to do with the actions of Josh. It is heart-breaking and gut-wretching when you spend any time pondering what those precious, innocent children went through because of the selfishness and sickness of their Father. It brings tears of sadness to even think they were alive when he so cruely used a hatchet..it's unbearable to comprehend a parent doing this to his children. Josh Powell will have to answer to the Lord for "murder" and I would not want to be in his shoes when that day comes. As to the upheaval of emotions and actions of family and distant family members those sweet boys are in the arms of their sweet Mother and will never have to be afraid again. Now God has much to do with that...they are at peace and in their Mother's arms..what could be more precious that that?

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