Becoming a dad takes a lifetime
 
A concerned group of men gathered at Dugan Best Park recently to discuss the recent tragic life-ending events of young men in our community. City Commissioner Jeff Sanford and I, along with on- and off-duty Owensboro Police Department officers and concerned residents met to attempt to resolve an end to the violence and begin healing.

Topics ranged from illegal drug use, substance abuse, gang activity, broken homes, curfew enforcement and the resilience needed to overcome trauma.

One police officer voiced a common concern: “When OPD goes into the elementary schools, we are ‘rock stars,’ but when officers visit a middle or high school, we are called names and even spat on. Something changes.” Others acknowledged that many of the women in attendance help by being “mother to all.”

The overwhelming theme of the meeting was “where are the parents and where are the dads?”

This Father’s Day, remember that becoming a father takes a short amount of time, becoming a dad takes a lifetime.

Our young people need to feel that we men actually care, not only in words but in deeds. Share your most precious gifts with all children: Your time, talent and treasure. Give unconditionally your respect and love.

DNA doesn’t matter to a child. We owe it to each and every young person to show we care each day.

Be the one who makes a difference.

Peace.

Larry Conder

Owensboro city commissioner

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