Open Letter To City Council
by Susan Bachant
June 28, 2004
Dear Council People,
I am writing this letter to encourage you to support full funding
of the grant for Alaskans for Drug Free Youth.
In the past I too failed to see the importance of ADFY. I certainly
was aware of their presence, but was not certain that it really
made a difference. That was until my young son came home and
talked to me about drugs. I was surprised at how much he had
learned from Marya Tyler & Joe Branco. I was also surprised
at how many people he knew who had tried drugs. (He is only in
the 5th grade). His take on the whole thing... that it's not
cool to do drugs. This is something that I have told him for
some time, but it was strongly reinforced by the team at ADFY.
I also have a teenage daughter who much enjoyed the Anti-drug
Rave put on by ADFY. Her only complaint was that there were not
more of them. She too has been informed of the dangers of drug
use by the ADFY team. When I had told her that the grant had
not been funded, she was very disappointed. She is an active
member of the Ketchikan Youth Court and feels that ADFY is very
important to keeping our youth drug free and out of trouble.
ADFY = Prevention. If we don't pay for their services now, don't
pay to teach our kids that drug abuse will not lead to anything
positive, then we will pay later. We will pay for drug treatment
programs, we will pay for crimes committed in the attempt to
obtain drugs, and we will pay for the needs of the many crack
babies that will be born.
Please show the kids of this town that we care about them and
that we stand strong against drug abuse. Fund ADFY and show your
support of our kids.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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