To The Daily Sun,
Letters in this paper in the last week have spoken in favor of increased funds for the ever-increasing problem of heroin through the land. Some people criticize our Democratic governor for spending our taxpayer dollars on people who make very poor decisions, others believe it is truly a disease incapable of curing itself unless receiving outside help. In Maine, the Republican governor wants more funds to fight heroin than his lawmakers have given him and is threatening to bring in the National Guard if he can't get more taxpayer money. The Democrat House speaker there says he won't "waste taxpayer dollars".
With this evidence, I don't think that this is a battle between Democrats or Republicans, but rather a battle between those of us who believe it is just people making stupid choices or those of us who believe it's a disease.
I personally believe that this problem is just the tip of the iceberg for our communities here in our local area. I'm convinced that people making the jump from other less-lethal drugs to heroin is a combination of being desensitized to drugs from our society's media and under-education. They have a bad self-image, communicate poorly and have a lack of positive role models. There are so many growing communities of poorly-raised children bleeding out onto our streets. These are people who abuse government handouts, people who don't succeed in their adult lives, or give back to the community, people who are lazy and refuse to work lower wage jobs, people whom have numerous children without any plans for their future. Now how do you fix that? By throwing money at these individuals after they have decided to go down this road? Do you reward your child for bad behavior? Our government seems to think that is the way.
I think to solve this epidemic, we have to focus on fixing those type of families first — to reinstall pure American values infused with good intentions, diversity and fresh ideas, to make kids healthy and happy with families that can get ahead in life and prosper mentally and financially, to get families who raise kids with good morals and decision-making back in the majority, to teach kids not to fear what is different than them, but to embrace it. It's so easy, yet unfortunately we are a society that yells so loudly from both sides that nothing gets heard. I cannot fathom any force in our political climate ever getting something like this going. It's disheartening, really.
It's what will happen if this problem continues to grow that really scares me. I am starting to see the results of this "epidemic" daily here in Laconia. Skinny, pale-faced man-boys smoking on street corners. Young mothers with too many kids hardly dressed on cold winter days. Parents covered in expensive tattoos yet collecting at a food bank. Drug busts in all parts of the city on any night or every night of the week. It is becoming more and more common, and sooner or later you will know one of these kids in the police logs or obituaries, if you haven't seen a few already.
In conclusion, I feel it's almost comical if it wasn't so wretched that we argue about red herring answers to a problem whose real solution is a much bigger endeavor than our leaders seem capable of tackling.
I wish we had real leaders who weren't mired in controversy or seriously flawed, yet they get voted into office because voters don't want to throw their vote away on the less polished candidate whom they agree with, but don't think will get the popular vote. This is accomplishing nothing, people. Our system is seriously broken and needs to be reevaluated. Big Money always wins, but does nothing for the middle class. Is that really the American way people?
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