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Letters to the Editor: June 22

In regard to ‘Finding hope after heroin’

To the Editor:

On the internet, I found that a man named Frank Szachta evolved the Palmer Drug Abuse Program [PDAP] into today’s Crossroads Program.

I was on the Board of Directors of PDAP in the early 1980s, and knew Frank, who then was a wonderful person. I believe that I learned quite a bit about drug abuse. It appeared to me that most of the PDAP drug offenders were young, intelligent, often quite good looking, bored, often angry, etc. It appears that the drug scene now is far more sophisticated, and arguably one of the nation’s more serious problems.

A big problem, in my opinion, is that the problem is not often enough treated as a disease. Offenders, while arguably most of whom, are non-violent and are easily thrown into prison rather than given rehabilitating programs.

Our prisons, today, are often referred to as “corrective” prisons, which they are not.

There are many ways that this situation could be improved and be more rehabilitating. For example, when offenders are non-violent, there could be prisons more like “executive” prisons [maybe some existing prisons could be converted] for first and second offenses rather than prison or probation. Maybe some existing prisons could be converted to stress education and training.

It appears that today’s prisons often are too oriented to making money or cost savings and as such, often take advantage of prison occupants while they are in prison and after they are paroled.

Paul Bock


A simple act of patriotism

To the Editor:

Over the last few years, I have noticed a disturbing trend of the U.S. flag being incorrectly displayed. I have witnessed these errors in front of city halls, banks, and businesses both large and small. Most recently, I saw another instance of it on the stage at the Chaifetz Arena.

The U.S. flag, the emblem of our country, represents its highest ideals, even if we fall short of them. By urging its proper display, I am not suggesting a blind flag-waving nationalism, but rather an act of patriotism: the virtue related to justice, by which we fulfill our duties owed our country, and promote what is good for its citizens.

By displaying the flag correctly, we give due honor to the noble ideals we hold in common, even while addressing the errors present in this great human endeavor. We also honor those who have promoted those ideals, even to the point of the ultimate sacrifice.

Perhaps before Independence Day, we should each take a few minutes to review the U.S. flag code. A simple internet search of “flag etiquette” or a visit to your local VFW or American Legion post will provide the info needed. If you have responsibility for a U.S. flag display, use this review to ensure that it is done correctly. If you do not have that responsibility, but see an error, please respectfully ask that it be corrected.

It is only a small act of patriotism, but one that we all can do.

Kenneth A Catalano

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