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April 4, 2014

KELLY: What do you think?

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

A drug sting dozen

On March 21, this paper published an article about a six-month drug trafficking investigation involving 12 people. On the front page was a photo of the 12 people involved. The use of drugs had made them a sorry-looking bunch. The look in their eyes was particularly disturbing.

It truly enlightens everyone as to what the use of drugs does to the mind and body. Just imagine how many people we will see who looks like these 12 if drugs are legalized in this state and country as many politicians and political types desire.

I think this photo should be greatly enlarged and placed in every school classroom from seventh through 12th grade for students to see every day. A sign above should say “USE DRUGS AND LOOK LIKE THIS.” What do you think?

Newspaper

Awhile back I wrote an article with many reasons why everyone should read a newspaper. Friends say to me, “I just get the news I’m interested in on the Internet electronic copy of the paper.”

That’s all well and good, but there is nothing like sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee or tea, your favorite music in the background, actually holding a newspaper in your hand, turning the pages and your eye catching small interesting articles which you read and learn, or relearn, facts.

An example is “Quanah, Cynthia Ann Parker exhibit open.” I think that’s about the girl captured by the Indians. I read the article, and among other things I learned is that I had forgotten that her son, Quanah Parker, grew up to be the last Comanche Indian chief, and that Cynthia Ann Parker lived with the Comanche Indians for 24 years. I thought, hey, it might be fun to visit that exhibit, I think I will go see it.

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