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Essential for state to address all aspects of addiction problem

To The Daily Sun,

As the Legislature works to provide support and recovery programs for N.H. residents caught in an addiction cycle, the state must not neglect children in affected families. Addiction is a disease that challenges the family structure. Parents who are dealing with addiction fail to meet the physical and emotional needs of their children. Growing up in a drug-culture environment is toxic to a child's brain develop with long lasting health and psychosocial problems. Separation of children from their parents disrupts familial attachments and creates problems with trusting relationships. The family must be treated and supported so these problems don't spill over to another generation.

The Division of Children, Youth and Families (DYCF) must be empowered to provide help for these families, ensure a safe and nurturing environment and permit children to grow up drug free. The resources for DCYF have tightened over recent years resulting in overtaxed social workers and less effective interventions. Staff has been cut and caseloads have increased. We need to provide the caseworkers with both the time and resources to support our families in crisis. With burgeoning caseloads of substance abusing families, access to experts in addiction interventions is necessary to better manage these families.

If the state wants to conquer this epidemic, it is essential to address all aspects of this problem. A focus on needs of the affected families is a major strategy to avoid a myriad of social costs and the re-emergence of this epidemic in years to come.

Rep. Sue Ford

Grafton District #3
CASA, Retired School Administrator

Rep. Skip Berrien

Rockingham District#18
CASA, Retired Pediatrician

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If you can go out and purchase a fully automatic rifle, I owe you

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to a response from Robert Miller about my response to his earlier letter. This will be my last.

Apparently Mr. Miller took a course in psychology, as he was able to determine from my letter that I suffer from paranoia. Why have I been wasting all that money on psychiatrists all these years when all I had to do was get Mr. Miller's knickers tied up in a knot to find out what one my many problems is. I guess it's all right for him to "label" me as paranoid but it bothers him for me to "label" him and others as lefty's when it comes to their misinformed view of gun laws.

He and others like to throw around surveys that agree with their line of thought when it comes to background checks. I would like Mr. Miller to go to a gun shop or an auction or gun show and try to leave there with a gun without submitting to a background check. The only gun sales that can be performed without a background check are sales between two private individuals and there is no way that any law can stop that from occurring.

The NRA is not against background checks and I'm not against background checks, as I submit to them when I purchase a gun and when I sell a gun it is done through a licensed dealer, which by law I'm not required to do. What I don't you understand about the raw fact that criminals don't go to licensed dealers to buy guns, they buy them on the street. If the existing laws were enforced more effectively by punishing those who break the law instead of giving them a slap on the wrist it would go a long way in decreasing crime committed with firearms.

The one big thing that should be done is automatic jail sentences for "straw buyers." These buyers are usually girlfriends of criminals who can't pass a background check. Here's a survey from the FBI for Mr. Miller to digest. Their records show that while gun ownership has increased dramatically in the last 10 years that gun violence has decreased in that time. Easily fact-checked. Nobody wants to see anyone, man women or child, die at the hands of a wacko or a terrorist but disarming law abiding people is not the answer.

Mr. Miller remarked that I'm paranoid because I, and others of my ilk, believe that the government is coming after our guns. The only reason that it hasn't occurred is the 100-plus years the NRA has been steadfast in the battle against it. Apparently he didn't see serial liar Hillary's interview where she stated "Australia's laws are certainly worth looking into." Those laws include confiscation.

Now to assault rifles. I consider an assault rifle as one which can be fired fully automatic. Mr. Miller claims that my statement that these rifles are not available to the average gun owner is far from true. Well Mr. Miller I tell you what. Seeing as how I'm a gambling man, I challenge you to a wager in the amount you feel you can afford and if you can go out and purchase a fully automatic rifle you will be the winner, but if you can't, I collect. Please make the amount large enough so that I can buy this pretty gun I'm interested in. The only difference between a semi-automatic hunting rifle and what Mr. Miller calls an assault rifle is appearance. I can take a hunting rifle, cut down the barrel, paint it black and Mr. Miller would consider it an assault rifle.
Just as a "butcher knife" is only used to butcher people by someone who is deranged an assault rifle only assaults when used by these same people. I would suggest that Mr. Miller should become a little better educated on a subject that he apparently has no knowledge of.

In closing, I would like to thank Mr. Obama for being the best gun salesman this country has ever seen. Keep up the good work Barack!

Dave Schwotzer
Meredith

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