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OUR VIEW - Norwalk rallies around effort to save kids from drug addiction

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

What we learned these last two weeks watching the PBS documentary "The War" by Ken Burns was that America did a damn fine job of fighting World War II.

Our country hasn't done quite as well so far in the war on drugs. From "Just Say No" to "This is Your Brain. ..." campaigns, we have all become increasing tolerant to the drug problem that infests our nation, to the point of lampooning the slogans time and again.

Norwalk as a city and a community has decided to launch a major offensive in this war. The opening salvo by the Community Prevention Partners (CPP) was presented to parents twice last week in educational sessions at St. Paul's Convocation Center and Norwalk High School's Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center and received good reviews by all that attended.

Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch is doing an excellent job leading the charge as she has presented at these meetings, as well as shared her personal story of drug casualties in her own family. She is joined by a battalion of local leaders from the city, county, schools, medical personnel and police departments and the financial support of local businesses all allies with parents to ensure the success of the defeat of drug abuse.

We are pleased that Norwalk is taking these very necessary and needed actions and we are proud that our area may very well be in the forefront in this regard.

With the continued determination of our leaders and our citizens, we believe we will be able to guarantee the freedom of our most precious treasure our youth from the ravages of drug addiction in any form.

Will we capitulate in this crusade ? We think our response should be the same as General Tony McAuliffe, when asked by the German commander to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge: "Nuts!"

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