An open letter to the world.
Today we got word that a grandson was having difficulties dealing with his drug habit. He tried to obtain assistance at the Coshocton county hospital. Help was denied. This letter is the beginning of my plea for those in charge to take charge.
The president of the United States. Evidently all of your grand words and speeches about drugs have fallen on deaf ears. I have to ask you how far have you followed up on your promises in this area.
The governor of the state of Ohio. What have you done to solve problems like this? Are you still running for President? Are you still holding up needed programs in Ohio? Have you pressured the county commissioners of your 88 counties and the Mayors of all your cities to install drug programs that are available to everyone? When is the last time you checked?
To the county commissioners. When was the last time you asked your Sheriff to reveal or close your local drug houses? When was last time you ensured that you have Medical Care in your county for its citizens? When was the last time you did anything about the drug problems in your county? Is everybody still busy chasing the big dollar items and allowing the smaller ones to continue to fester?
To city managers and Mayors. Do you find yourself running in circles looking for new fines to levy so you can pay your bills? When is the last time you took care of your worst problems before fixing the lesser ones? Is one child with drug problems worth any less attention than those pot holes all over town? What about the one who commits suicide?
To All Americans. Is following every story about our two stupid candidates for President more important than protecting our children? Is posting to Facebook more important? Is watching Sunday Football? Let's face it, in America today, almost anything can come before our children.
To those hooked on drugs. We all know you have a problem. We can see it in your eyes. We can see it in your medical records. We can see it in police records. You are not unknown. You are well known. The problem we have is that parents, guardians, public servants and elected officials would rather you disappear. And you do, as long as you maintain your drug use.
Suggestions. Mr President, fight for a decriminalizing of drugs while increasing the penalties for drug trafficking.
Governor, fight to receive help from the federal govenment in the way of money and information about drug use in your state. Monitor County Commissions for compliance on all drug matters.
County Commissioners, initiate and monitor assistance from all law enforcement, all medical facilities, EMTs and others. Get the whole county working on a problem you have so far ignored.
City managers and Mayors, start serving your community and put priorities where they belong. Good roads, proper signage and signals, pay increases, added taxes and all the other various and sundry that you use should fall by the wayside until you make your streets, homes and common areas safe for all.
To those on drugs, help is on the way but you have to help. Hold on and seek out those who can and will help you.
For those who may wonder, this letter was written on a Sunday afternoon while I put off play with my Arduino and let Chicago and Houston play their game out of the corner of my eye. They are in their 4th Quarter but the game is over for we Americans unless we learn to take care of the most important things first. This letter is important to me. Is it to you?