Our children need community support

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Dear Editor:

I attended the Town Hall Meeting on Monday evening, March 31 and was saddened by the lack of attendance by students, parents and concerned citizens. The panel shared information that opened my eyes to what many teens are facing today. Until adults accept that there is a problem with teenage alcohol and drugs, nothing is going to change and it may continue to worsen.

I was a parent who didn't think having a few drinks was a major problem. I too thought that it was just a phase children go through, until one day reality slapped me in the face. Many years later I realized the alcohol was just the beginning of creating many more problems for my children. The culture is so different now and so much more dangerous. The drug epidemic is growing more and more. People get into it and don't know how to get out. Adults have got to take the time and energy to care for children. I am amazed at what age children are beginning to drink.

I sincerely hope that more people will join the campaign to save future generations of children. The advertising of alcohol in convenience stores, in front of liquor stores and television needs to change. It is flashed in their faces everywhere they go. It isn't just fun and games and they need to understand that before they're caught up in the cycle.

I am a concerned citizen who cares about the children in this community, and I hope others will too.


Cindy Puryear

Cassville, Missouri?