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2018-09-13 / Editorials

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JULIE HALM
Interim Editor

POWERFUL INFORMATION — An upcoming safety day at Doyle Hose Company No. 1 will address many aspects of personal safety and how first responders do their jobs.

Additionally, professionals will address attendees on current trends, signs and symptoms of adolescent substance abuse.

Many parents don’t believe that this is information that they will ever need, and hopefully, they will not.

The unfortunate reality is that any kid can fall into a situation where the end result is drug use — yes, even yours.

Among the variety of ways that this painful reality can come to pass is young people being prescribed strong medications, which can easily become addictive.

A young person, or really any person for that matter, need not be a bad or misguided individual to fall victim to addiction. In large part, it’s simple chemistry far more so than a gauge of character.

So whether or not you think your child is at risk for abusing substances, understanding what to look for is information that is not just important, but downright critical for any parent to have.

This event, which you can learn more about on page two, is also offering other information on home safety and activities that are appropriate for the whole family.

So be sure to make some time in your schedule on Saturday, Sept. 15, to go check out this valuable event in the community.

THE TOUGH LESSONS — It’s difficult to fathom that it has been 17 years since 9/11.

I was 12 years old and sitting in social studies class at Amherst Middle School when our teacher turned on the television.

To be honest, I was still too young to understand the impact of what that day would ultimately mean for our country. I had no real way of processing the immensity of the tragedy that was unfolding before my eyes. What I did know was that what I was seeing was scary.

I didn’t know anybody personally affected on that day, but this anniversary always strikes a particular chord with me in that so many people went to sleep the night before not knowing that they would never rest their heads at home again.

They perhaps didn’t tell someone important that they loved them or rushed out the door that morning without saying goodbye.

I find that this day always causes me to reflect on what is truly important. If it was my last day and I never saw it coming, what would I wish that I had said or done?

Mostly, my answer to that question is pretty consistently that I’d wish I had slowed down, stressed about the small things a little less and appreciated some little things a bit more.

So when you go home tonight, and ideally in the days, weeks and months to come, remember to tell the people around you that you love them. Remember that even when life gets overwhelming, as it tends to do so often, that there is always a moment to slow down and appreciate what we have, even on the days that life seems a little out of control.

And remember to thank those who protect our communities for laying down their heads each night, not knowing what tomorrow might bring, but dedicating themselves to our service nevertheless.

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