Teens and alcohol
EDITOR: The one discussion that I have not seen addressed since Alyssa Byrne's death is the discussion about young people and drugs (" 'Buddy' system pitched to teens," Monday). The advertisers of alcohol have so effectively targeted young people that teenagers (and most young adults) think the only way to have fun is to have mind-altering drugs at all parties. (Alcohol is a drug; in fact, it is the No. 1 date-rape drug.)
So, why aren't we having the most important discussion? To early elementary-aged kids, the word "party" has at least 15 to 20 great possibilities. Say that word to a teenager and there is only one response: party=alcohol.
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A "buddy system" only works if the buddies are sober and have functioning minds. I think Byrne's death gave us a teachable moment, but I think we are avoiding the most important lesson.
EDITOR: Feral cats have decimated the bird population because irresponsible cat owners have abandoned them knowing someone will adopt them and perpetuate their carnage. Consequently we have an imbalance of nature fostered by feral cat advocates who are willing to consider birds expendable. It's a sad situation and not likely to change for the bird's sake.