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"We took them away from their parents on the assumption that we as a society would do a better job of raising them," Mark Courtney, a social work researcher at the University of Washington.

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Gag Orders and Mice

A Gravelle Family Update

Michael and Sharen Gravelle

Michael and Sharen Gravelle

Some very interesting things are going on in Huron County. Eric Dumbeck was removed from his position on February 24, 2007 as Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) Director so he can concentrate on Children's Services issues and a consultant was hired to do an independent investigation of the Job and Family Services.

On March 7, David Broehl, Administrator of Children's Services, announced that he is going to retire at age 60. I think the next head on the chopping block should be Jo Johnson but there was an article on the front page on March 6th, about Sheriff Sutherland issuing a gag order to cover up criminal activity in his department so I guess it'll be a toss-up between those two.

The Sheriff, as well as Judge Cardwell, Judge McGimpsey, and Russ Leffler should have issued gag orders during the Gravelle case on themselves as well as their departments instead of having the private, confidential information of juveniles published on the front page of the newspaper for all the world to read and to taint the jury pool. The only people under a gag order were the Gravelles and their attorney so that people couldn't hear the truth and Elaine Thompson so that she couldn't testify in favor of the Gravelles. Let's remember the Gravelle case when we go to the polls.

The Mouse Trap

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what had been caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well. She died. So many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember - when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Remember — each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason.

Please help Michael and Sharen Gravelle in their fight against government and CPS injustice by sending a donation to the Gravelle Family Defense Fund, Key Bank, 11 West Main St., Wakeman, Ohio 44889.

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Remember - Your Own Family could be next!

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