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Kids are our future


Last updated 1/18/2007 at Noon

Last month, the Murrieta City Council distributed $62,700 to local organizations to help local residents of Murrieta. Many groups applied but most of the money went to the Boys & Girls Club, Temecula-based SAFE and St. Martha’s Catholic Church of Murrieta.

I want to tell you about another worthy cause that is based here in Murrieta that received no money. The worthy cause that should have received some funding is Mentoring Today for Tomorrow ( They are a nonprofit educational organization committed to building the character of young people. I have personally witnessed the success of this program by mentoring a group of about a dozen pre-high school kids. These kids need to see that success in their youth is required in order to have a chance of realizing it throughout their lives. Some are on the edge of disaster and need to be helped.

Why wasn’t this mentoring program funded, since it is a local charity? It looks like politics and conflicts of interest. I guess it would be normal for some people to vote for programs they are a part of but it does seem a little unethical. I do want to thank the two councilmen who did ask for funding: Gary Thomasian and Rick Gibbs.

No doubt, the poor of Murrieta are important as well. St. Martha’s food program is good and helps those in need. It is Christian to feed the poor even if many of them come here illegally from other countries. It is right, however, to send those who come here illegally home. This is another topic for a future discussion. Our youth, however, are that virtual home of the free and the brave. They are the future of America. These kids will eventually be the stewards of our earthly tomorrow.

Bob Kowell



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