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home : news : notices / letters to editor January 22, 2018

10/28/2017 7:32:00 AM

Dear GwdToday, I want to give a big thank you to the dad and his son who gave up their seats for us Tuesday evening at the Wilson Campbell Stadium in Ninety Six.  We were there to see our Grand-daughter perform their Wild Wild West themed marching band show and it was fantastic.

Bleachers were packed and seating was very limited. This dad and son showed no hesitation giving up their seats which allowed us to stay and enjoy the show.  I don't know their names but at least I can hope they see this.  Thank you for being so kind and thanks to you and your son....wish there was more like you in this world.

Virginia Carrison – Ninety Six

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Article comment by: Amy Lawson

I am writing this letter because I am so burdened by the toll that drug use has taken on our country and right here in our own community. Last year, over 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in our country alone. It has now become the leading cause of accidental deaths. I don't know one person in my community who has not been affected by the destruction drug use causes. It could be your child, spouse, friend, sibling, coworker, grandchild or neighbor.
I lost my baby brother 7 weeks ago to a Fentanyl overdose. He battled opiate addiction for 20 years. He had been clean 11 months! But that old familiar demon called his name and he answered! Pills bought on the street from spineless dealers for one drug, but not legitimate! Pills made by drugs easily purchased from China or Mexico. Mixed with a deadly dose of Fentanyl and sold rather cheaply on the streets to the desperate addicts who are finding opiates harder to get. These drugs are DEADLY! It takes just one time. One time for your mother to find you dead with your child standing over you, unable to wake you. One time for your family to have to live with the pain and guilt of not having done "enough" to help them. One time to leave an empty seat at the Christmas dinner. One time to allow a little girl to never be walked down the aisle by her daddy she adored for marriage. One time for a sibling to be left alone with their memories, and that's all! It only takes one time to get the wrong stuff!
Please, if you are an addict, you can beat this with God's help. If you are an addict's family, pray for them, help them, don't give up on them. Let them know they're loved but don't enable them. If you are a clean addict, congratulations! Make that choice daily to live clean. No one plans to be an addict!!! If you are a dealer, is it really worth that dirty money to be responsible for another person dying? Is it worth seeing the amount of children suffering because they're neglected or orphaned?? Please think about it! Because I promise you the pain is unbearable for those left behind.
I will forever miss my brother. I am so saddened that I couldn't help him. I live with that every day. He didn't want to die. He loved his children. He loved his family. But he hated himself!
It's too late for him! If you are an addict, if you need help, tell someone. Don't suffer alone. You can beat this demon.

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