Courier-Gazette Letters to the editor Nov. 28

Nov 26, 2019

A wake-up call for all of us

At age 66, drug addiction has abruptly affected my family and me. Like so many people, until last week, I saw drug addiction as someone else’s problem. But like a bolt of lightning, I learned it now affected me and will affect every one of us, one way or the other unless we unite and do something about this growing threat.

Greg, my nephew, was 38 years old and had a big heart that endeared himself to many. Last Tuesday, suddenly he was gone - another victim of an epidemic claiming 70,000 American lives each year. Drug overdose has been the Number One cause of death in America for the last three years for people under age 50. While overdose deaths grab the headlines, another 20 million Americans struggle with addiction and nearly 50 percent of all Americans personally know someone with addiction.

What has been the response in our community and our country to the worse public health crisis in American history? Not much. Not much at all.

While the human, societal and economic toll of drug addiction is causing a progressive decline in America, our government and we are investing very, very little compared to the amount needed to turn this problem around.

Compare this epidemic to World War II. Four hundred and twenty-thousand Americans died in that six-year war. Every six years, that many young people die of drug addiction with no end in sight. At least the war came to an end.

I founded the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition in 2016 to start the fight in Midcoast Maine. As of 2019, we finally have established our first “beachhead” with two sober houses for men, women and children affected. This is our “Normandy.” It took us three years, with many casualties, to get this first foothold on the mainland of addiction. The war is still 99.99 percent ahead of us.

The Allies won the war because they pooled their manpower and resources in a very difficult and bloody conflict. The drug addiction epidemic will not solve itself and it deserves the same kind of “all out” effort WWII deserved. If we failed to defeat the Axis powers, we would all have lived in a world run by horrific dictators.

If we fail to rise to the challenge of confronting drug addiction in America, everyone will personally become a direct or indirect victim and America will become a hopelessly impoverished country.

Please join with The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to engage the enemy and to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Please visit midcoastrecovery.org or contact us at info@midcoastrecovery.org. Thank you.

Ira Manden

Camden

Senator Collins betrayed many women

In the last election, I voted for Senator Susan Collins. That will not happen again.

I witnesssed a young woman relive her three-year-old self be sexually assaulted. She knew her assaulter and ever detail of the assault.

Susan Collins questioned the memory and reliability of Christine Blasey Ford PhD. and her 15-year-old self, having to relive and testify about her 'alleged' assault by Brett Kavanaugh. This goes beyond the pale! Susan Collins is clueless of these events in a person's life and the indelible mark upon a person's psyche. Or, and very importantly, the perpetrators of an assault are "more likely than not", consummate liars.

Susan Collins has betrayed so many women and men across this state and around the country by her vote and speech supporting Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice. This and his conduct at the hearing smears the reputation of the Supreme Court! Consider the recent New York Times article of 9/15/19, "Did Brett Kavanaugh perjure himself during his confirmation hearing?

I'm assuming that Susan Collins has not experienced an assault upon herself or anyone that she loves, because it is devastating, like watching your daughter relive her assault.

Susan, you're a smart woman, you need to research and understand. You failed your constituents; this is a human and ethical issue, not political.

Mary McGuigan

Rockland

Park is now open, thanks to generous people

The Good Neighbors Park Committee is pleased to announce that the park in Cushing, made possible through a generous donation of 17 acres of waterfront land on Broad Cove, by Terry Dodge and her daughter Kristi Niedermann, is now open.

Through private donations from the Cushing community the off-street parking area is now completed.

We thank those who made this park a reality.

Good Neighbors Park Committee

Cushing

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