Letters to the editor: Issue of Feb. 7, 2013

Government should take action

I would never have thought that day would come where a headline  about a mass shooting every couple of months would become a customary thing in America, the land of the free.

How are we supposed to live freely when students can’t even feel safe in school and parents can’t even feel safe sending them? Should we really have to worry if some lunatic is going to lose it and end up killing a loved one?

The government should be taking action. This is not acceptable. Why does this keep happening?

Yes, there are deranged individuals in this world, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to prevent these actions.

Marjorie Pastor, Poway

Get shots at pharmacy

The flu epidemic has spread rapidly throughout the nation but one of the best ways to protect yourself from this epidemic is the flu shot. Rather than waiting for an appointment at your doctor’s office, you can head straight on over to your local drug store where a trained pharmacist can administer the vaccine.

Pharmacists are greatly underutilized in today’s health care system given that they do everything from managing chronic disease to providing preventive care like vaccinations. Pharmacies are popping up on virtually every corner of America, making pharmacists the most accessible health professional.

The CDC recommends that everyone above 6 months receive the flu shot. The next time you are out shopping, drop by your local pharmacy if you have any questions about your medications or are interested in a quick flu vaccination.

Vy Nguyen, UCSF pharmacy student (Originally from 4S Ranch)

Keep guns away from the ‘brainsick’

After endless reports of shootings wouldn’t you think that this is the time to put an end to it?

Regardless of the gun control restrictions and laws there are so many unstable people out there who can obtain dangerous weapons. There may be bans on assault weapons, but that’s not going to stop a mentally unstable lunatic from finding a way to obtain what they want. Isn’t everyone sick of hearing endless announcements of innocent children, teenagers, and adults being killed by shootings?

We need to find a way to impede on brainsick people from being able to access guns and other dangerous weapons, instead of running away from it like every other problem that America and the world faces.

Ferlyn Bobis, San Diego

Be straight up about drugs

It’s obvious there is a high likelihood that your child will be exposed to an environment that includes drugs and alcohol. Most teens expect too just try the drug once or twice and never expect to have an addiction problem, and they believe they will always be able to control their thoughts and needs. The number of teenagers who are enrolled in treatment is on a steady incline as the years pass.

In communities living in luxury, such as Rancho Bernardo, Poway, and 4S Ranch there has been an increase in the use of heroin as the teens have the money to spend on expensive drugs. It goes from smoking pot occasionally and having a beer to smoking heroin and snorting cocaine.

The problem is kids getting involved younger and younger. We can’t hide our children from the real world and be scared to have them exposed to these harmful substances. We need to be straight up about them and hide nothing from them so they know earlier on in life.

Grant Muenchow, San Diego

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9 Comments for “Letters to the editor: Issue of Feb. 7, 2013”

  1. Wake up Parents

    Grant, I agree with the exception being, the South Poway students ride the bus to school and mostly dabble in pot. While the North Poway students drive Daddy's BMW and mostly dabble in Heroin. Demographics make all the difference. I work in a well to do area of North Poway, and everyday like clockwork ten to fifteen high school kids drive down a certain street, to a certain house, then within minutes they come back down the street and off they go. Gee, I wonder what they're doing. Maybe Daddy should stop turning a blind eye.

  2. BlahBlah

    If you suspect they are coming out of that house and driving impaired, you should notify the Sheriff's Department when they leave the house and provide a description of the car and license plate. If, on the other hand, it's just kids meeting at the house and going to school together you may be making a false assumption. Not all gathering of teens together creates evil and unrest.

    • Wake up Parents

      First off I did report it. A lot of good that did. Secondly it doesn't take a genius to figure out what's going on when ( like I said before ) a constant stream of cars go to the same house everyday at lunch time. They pull up to the house while one kid runs inside only to come right back out and then they leave. You may want to believe it's just kids meeting but that's not the case. Believe what you want, I know better. PUSD has a huge drug problem and folks like you only contribute to the problem by choosing to bury your head in the sand.

      • BlahBlah

        I agree we have a drug problem. Here's my suggestion, stand outside the problem house with a camera and take a picture of every car that pulls up and then turn it over the school resource officer. Betcha it stops.

  3. Wake up Parents

    Not my job. That's what Parents are for ( when they can find the time ). I reported it once but no one seems to care. I just pray these outstanding ( sarcasm ) students don't run into my family while their all hopped up on heroin cause then Daddy will really pay. Just keep pretending your kids aren't involved if it makes you feel better. Not everyone is cut out for parenthood.

    • BlahBlah

      That's an awesome response. "Hey not my problem." But it is your problem. It's a neighbor problem, a school problem, a community problem. But you go right ahead and have no concern for anything other than if it lands on your lawn. There used to be a thing called accountability – and it used to be ok to call another parent on the phone and actually talk about what the kids are doing.

      • Wake up Parents

        Did you miss the part where I said I already reported it? If your'e so concerned, I'll gladly give you the location of the house and we'll see how far you get. Good luck.

        • BlahBlah

          Better yet. Why don't you list the offending address – no names. Just an address. We can all go knock on the door together.

  4. You crazy

    Never go up to a drug dealers house unannounced.

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