A Plea For Forward Step

Readers write

September 29, 1991

From: Dan Riley


Mark Guidera's article in the Sept. 15 edition ("Put Forward Stepback on course") struck a familiar note.

For years, many of us have tried to persuade all those involved with Forward Step to run it as it was originally set up to be run -- as a crisis center for women,a place where victims of rape, incest and battering may receive counseling and temporary shelter. My appearance before the zoning examiner and, more recently, the County Council, was an effort to keep Forward Step a shelter for women. It was in no way an attempt to underminethe need for care for our veterans. Care for veterans should be provided but not by Forward Step.

Guidera's plea for a solution to theproblems Forward Step is experiencing is needed immediately. Women in Harford County are going without needed services and the center is being under-utilized -- what a shame.

Guidera's solution is a sound one: "proper good faith intervention from the new county executive"and "that Forward Step be put back on track serving women in need, and the county given strong assurances that Forward Step would abide by the audit requirement or face public disgrace."

I would like to add a plea to William McNally. You have spent your life as a member of the clergy with the duties of satisfying the spiritual and social needs of God's children. It is time to put away petty differences, resolve the conflicts of the past, and restore Forward Step to what it was originally -- a shelter for women in need.

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