Understand Strom’s role as prosecutor


I am saddened to read yet another letter criticizing Phil Strom as prosecuting attorney and the parents in the Rapid River case. I would ask The Daily Press to reprint what Mr. Strom wrote on Sept. 16, 2017, in response to a letter that had appeared several days prior to that. I believe what Mr. Strom wrote explains his role as representing the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the number of cases that do and do not result in reunifications of families, the process and timeline involved, the basis for an appeal, etc.

Would people be surprised to learn that the parents involved are likable folks? They love and miss their children very much. While the home they lived in before was not a good environment, the place they have had since the summer is okay. They were working with the DHHS process and making changes, when it was all halted in August.

I have gotten to know the father of the children through work at church, and have also met their mother a number of times. As Christians, are we not called to see others with compassion? We are coming up to Christmas, the birth of the savior of the world, The prince of peace. His light and love are for everyone.

Barb Snyder