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Life Resource Center's value is unmatched in Wyoming
Feb 22, 2013 - Dan Brossman, Lander
I'm writing concerning the Wyoming Life Resource Center (State Training School) in Lander. While I worked there as its first full time chaplain for 10 years and volunteered for one more year, I was well-acquainted with most of what went on at the facility.
I know our legislators are concerned with saving money. I am also a conservative and don't believe in bloated bureaucracies, but I view this institution as a loving care center that's importance cannot be matched in a community setting.
You who have visited W.L.R.C. have seen many cases which would be impossible for the community to contend with on its own. From the employees, to the physical plant, to the specialized services, W.L.R.C. is designed for the specialized care of its very physically and mentally handicapped residents. They must be cared for 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an intensive basis. Yes, around-the-clock care must be offered to meet the unique needs of these residents.
To me, it is "the apple of Wyoming's eye" for what it does for the residents, not to mention their families, who have done and will do all they can at great sacrifices.
If Wyoming hospitals and care centers could supply all the residents, housing, specialized accommodations, and around-the-clock care, it might be different. But that would be extremely expensive in the private sector, probably $100-150 million.
China, Russia, and Nazi Germany chose to deal with these people in the least expensive way. I'm sure we do not wish to stoop to those standards, but our morals have sunk to where it may be possible. Let's see to it that we don't.
The $30 million spent at the W.L.R.C is nothing in comparison to the amount spent on killing just one Afghan al-Qaida soldier or paying for a couple of days expenses at the White House.
Legislators, come take a tour in order to know what you are voting on when it comes to these Wyoming residents.