By Neil Gray
February 22, 2006
I think we all know drugs and alcohol problems amongst young people is so widespread that every community has it. In fact, my little Southeast Washington "first" hometown (population under 1,000) with a high school enrollment of under 150 has the same problem.
My three sons were raised mostly in Ketchikan, and they were never at a loss to find activities to be involved with.
You know where it starts? Parental involvement, training and teaching at home. Good, common sense parental guidance is crucial from day one.
In the many years I umpired
baseall from Little League to American Legion in Ketchikan, it
was always the same parents showing up and participating and
showing an active interest in their children. It was always
the same parents working the concession stands and helping raise
money. The youth programs were a baby sitting service to most
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