http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/s...bile_touch=true

A few thoughts on this:

-I understand how they would want to keep going during the crisis years when it seemed like the only thing they could do for their missing son. But as a day job, it could really get in the way of having a normal life. Working for "hope" foundations can be emotionally dangerous. I got involved with environmental work after reading a Douglas Adams book about endangered species. Since then, one of those animals (Chinese river dolphin) has been wiped out and I was devastated by the news - it was like seeing part of your dream turned UNTRUE. Now turn that from a dead dolphin into a few hundred kidnapped children, with no escaping the grief and misery of the parents. Every new day having to deal with someone else's horror, reawakening your own. Shawn and his parents deserve the chance to minimize this whole ordeal and refocus on normal life, not explicitly oriented around a kidnapping. Having gotten immediate therapy at a young age, Shawn is probably better off than some of us here.

-The foundation was already dissolved by the state of Missouri twice for failing to file tax documents. Their 2008 filings showed income of $21k and expenses of $25k... ouch. In general they had problems accounting for their funds.... I'm not sure why this is a surprise to anyone though. I assumed once Shawn was rescued that all funds would go towards his therapy. Several comments on the articles devoted to this news say as much: people knew they were donating to help Shawn and his parents, not for some kind of amateur McGruff in-school program. I see nothing wrong with it; his parents were bankrupted, spent all their savings and his college fund and lost their house. But if you can't keep up the juggling act, it's time to lower the curtain.



Matt
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