Letter: Drugs not answer to life’s problems

From: Kenneth Landreth


The subject of my letter is drugs. Not the kind mom and dad take that was prescribed by their doctor but the ones you buy off the street. Yes, you know the ones I’m talking about. Listen to what I am saying.

I am a veteran, 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. I have been all over the world and in two wars. War is not pretty; the result of street drugs is not pretty, either. I saw what it did to some of my men in Thailand and Vietnam, not pretty, but compared to what you see today it was nothing. Today if that’s the route you want to go, then instead of drugs, play Russian Roulette. You will stand a better chance of living. I am saying if you do drugs, you will die.

Now, what’s the problem? What brought this whole thing on? I am concerned about teenagers. Maybe they are having problems at school, at home, with a girlfriend or boyfriend or because of too much free time. You know, too much free time is a troublemaker. Find good things to do, like volunteer. Volunteering does not pay money, but all the rewards that come with it are so rich. One day a teen can look back and say, “I am so glad I did that.”

Teens who are having problems at school or homework is too heavy, they should talk to the people at school. They will help; just ask. Teens who are having problems at home should talk to their parents. If not, they should talk to the people at school, maybe they can help.

Teens who believe in God can go to any church; you don’t have to be a member to get help. Any pastor would love to help with the problems. He is trained to do this, and guess what? It’s free.

Drugs are not the answer; they only make matters worse.

Why am I writing this? I am writing because I love people, I love life. Yes, I must say I cried some while writing this because I have seen what will happen, and it breaks my heart. I can’t go to all the funerals; anyway, that would be too late. But I would love to come to graduations or weddings or seeing teens elected to an office, maybe even governor. Wouldn’t that be nice? Yes, it would.