06-01-2017 Letters and Commentary

LETTERS

Top Pop Contest… Deadline is noon Friday, June 16

Looking for the area’s

“Top Pop” for 2017

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and some lucky Tri-City Area dad will be the happy recipient of dozens of great gifts, compliments of the Tri-City Record and its advertisers.

The winner of this year’s “Top Pop” contest will be selected by the staff of the Record from letters written to the paper during the contest period.

Letters to the paper, nominating your “Top Pop,” should tell why he is the greatest. List some of the things he does to deserve the award; and be sure to include his name, your name, and your telephone number.

Send your letter to: Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or by email to record@tricityrecord.com. All letters will be published in the Record as close to Father’s Day as possible.

The “Top Pop” will be selected from those letters after the 12:00 noon contest deadline on Friday, June 16. The writer of the winning letter will be notified that afternoon.

Keep an eye out for prizes and complete contest rules in future issues of the Tri-City Record; and start working on that letter today!

Fentanyl danger

Dear Editor,

Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin have a new risk. Drug dealers across the United States have begun to mix drugs with an extremely powerful and dangerous drug known as Fentanyl.

The drug Fentanyl can be from 50 to 100 times more powerful then heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost.

Now more than ever it is essential to get those you know who are addicted into treatment. Having a relationship with a person who has an addiction to opiates is often stressful. Although you just want to help the addicted person, they many times fight against you as if you were the enemy.

Addicts can be very difficult to get into treatment and it is important to ask for help when you need it. There are professionals who can help you handle your loved one before it is too late.

Do not be surprised if your loved one accuses you of contributing to their addiction. Hear them out and take their words into consideration but at the end of the day realize getting them sober and continuing to live is the most important thing.

Fentanyl has made the risks of being a heroin addict even higher than it already was. Get yourself educated. If one of your loved ones is struggling with addiction, get them into treatment. Don’t wait until it is too late.

There are many different approaches to the challenge of how to help addicts. For free information, visit http://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/fentanyl-laced-heroin-worsening-overdose-crisis.html or call 1 800-431-1754 to get help for your loved ones.

Ray Clauson

Denham Springs, LA

An independent investigation of Russia and the Trump Campaign is urgently needed

Dear Editor,

With the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the investigation of the Russian connection to President Trump and his campaign, the possibility of a politically independent process has increased.