Haughts, Coopers Both Need Our Support

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I am very disturbed at how the Haught-Cooper case has completely divided this community. I was not at the trial, nor do I claim to know the "correct gossip" of the whole ordeal. What I do know is that our support is not being channeled where it should be.

I was never fortunate enough to meet Mr. Cooper, but I'm sure he was a very nice man. I have read many testimonies to this, and my heart goes out to all of his family and friends.

I have been fortunate enough to know Mr. Haught, and my heart also goes out to his family. Any of us as citizens can't even begin to understand the effects this tragedy has had on either family. We as citizens do not have any right to judge those involved. Our primary goal should be to uplift the families, and offer as much support as we possibly can.

I would dare to say that there is not one of us on earth who has not made a mistake, and to those of you who haven't, look in the mirror. Mr. Haught is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and is probably one of the hardest-working people I know. He is always more than willing to help anyone out, and he has a beautiful family who surely needs him around.

If he has asked God for forgiveness. He will have to remember this event for the rest of his life, and I personally believe, that is punishment enough.

I would ask the communities to come together, instead of drifting apart, and support and comfort the Cooper family. I would ask that we reach out and support the Haught family through this trying time. Let us not pass judgment on either of these men, instead, offer their families as much support and prayers as we possibly can.

Clay Sopeland
Payson

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