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Let’s put the past behind us and build on what’s important for our future

I am writing about attention Coal Ridge High School has recently received. Mike Cox is a great guy. I consider him a friend. Prior to a recent game, I watched him climb to the top of the bleachers to present two toddlers with miniature basketballs. A small gesture, but certainly one that shows the kind of person Mike is. CRHSs athletic director is a great guy. I know him very well. He is an outstanding father, coach, educator and leader. He has been a friend to, and supporter of Mike. Because I coached his son in soccer, I know he holds him to a higher standard than most. The basketball player is a great kid. Like most teenagers, he is still finding his way. He is respectful and polite to me, and a very good friend to my son. All kids make mistakes, thats how they learn. He is learning a hard lesson right now. It is unfortunate the CRHS students have had so much adversity. Recently a junior committed suicide and a respected teacher lost her husband. A sophomore died of leukemia two years ago and another was killed in a car accident. Thats a lot for teens to deal with, and that doesnt take personal losses and challenges into consideration. Lets make a commitment to each other to make things better. Lets stop what we can stop. Lets stop pointing fingers. Lets shut down the blog and simply stop talking about this. Lets treat each other with respect and dignity. Lets set the best example we can for our children. Lets concentrate on what we can do to help them grow into the responsible, happy people we want them to be. Mistakes have been made. Thats real life. Lets move on and concentrate on the good, like CRHS juniors Leanna Harju and Tyler Reece, who recently traveled to Ft. Collins for All-State Honor Choir and received no publicity. Or Brian Blair, who has now stepped in twice to coach where he was needed. As my pastor says, lets Love God and Love All. Mari RiddileNew Castle


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