In a Jan. 4 article in the Norwalk Reflector, Gary Bauer, Huron County commissioner, stated that the commissioners only had a lot of hearsay and not enough facts to make any decision such as firing Dumbeck, Children's Service director. I'm vehemently opposed to getting rid of someone based on hearsay. As much I respected Margaret Kern being here and the letter, we need facts. I'm not satisfied we have those ... everyone's innocent until found guilty. Except for the Gravelles.
It was hearsay that got the Gravelles in trouble in the first place even after there were positive reviews of the Gravelle's home. These people coming out and slamming Huron County (although welcome) are missing the point. For some, hearsay is enough, but it is not enough. It is a crime that people who knew the Gravelles personally and had been in their home were not given a chance to testify. This case is all about hearsay. The prosecutor had nine days to present their case, but the defense only had 3 1/4 days. The prosecutor was going on vacation so the judge wanted to hurry up and finish the trial. What it really comes down to is...would anyone from the county have adopted these children even if they were paid three times what the Gravelles received in order to look after and be responsible 24-7? And most importantly, would any of them have loved these children as their own? There's a big difference between loving children and merely providing for them under state guidelines. What these children really need is love and a sense of belonging to a family and that is what they had with the Gravelles.