To the Journal editor:
My husband and I have been long standing citizens of this community. We have done our best to pitch in and help society to the best of our abilities. We have three children who are graced each with their own wonderful qualities and we are extremely proud of them. Quite a few years ago we decided to become foster parents never realizing where that road would take us. It has had its ups and downs but such is life in any family.
Part of our journey as foster parents lead us to adoption. Adoption can be rewarding, and challenging. The more challenging times lead us to the court system. Not many parents turn to the court for help...in fact many of us never want to see the inside of a courtroom. It was necessary for our child's well being at the time to ask for help.
Help is what we received. George Hyde was a referee in every instance that we entered the court concerning our child. He treated us all with dignity and respect and he never gave us the impression that we should feel shameful that we were sitting before him. He offered guidance and suggested programs that helped our son.
A courtroom has a way of ramping up your nerves and making you feel inadequate, however this was never the case when we sat before George Hyde, we felt more like we sat beside him. I have seen him out of the courtroom and he is the most down to earth guy you would want to meet. He is one of us. He is genuinely concerned for our youth and has compassion for families that are experiencing troubles.
My son had an evaluation last year and he was asked to write about things that he think changed his life, well he answered "the court system" to my disbelief. He is doing well now and on the right path.
My husband and I 100 percent support George Hyde for probate judge. He is your neighbor, your friend and most of all he truly cares.