Northwest NEWS

May 21, 2001


Letters to the Editor

Guest Editorial: from America Buckles Up Children

*As tens of thousands of law enforcement officers mobilize to save lives this week by cracking down on seat belt violators, a new report from the National Safety Council gives Washington a grade of B- for driver and passenger safety.

Veterans should be recognized and appreciated

*As Memorial Day nears, we think of those men who put their lives on the line for our country. Those who participated in past wars are veterans we should recognize and appreciate.

Arts are essential to students' success in school

*All across the nation today, the art programs in schools are being cut because people are ignorant of how important art actually is to a child's education.

Writer takes deep breaths and thinks of his motto to relax

*Crohn's and colitis aren't the end of the world; they are just obstacles that some people don't even try to go around, unlike me. When I first got colitis I would do nothing in the way of camping, hiking, biking, skiing, or sports.

> Tobacco kills!

*More people die from tobacco usage than, murders, AIDS, suicides, illegal drugs and alcohol combined.

> Teen suicides just don't know any other way

*Many people don't realize how serious teen suicide is. Half a million teens (mostly female) attempt suicide in one year. About 5,000 (mostly males) actually commit suicide.

>Number of underage drinkers has increased

*Teen drunk driving has decreased within the past decade. But the number of underage drinkers has increased. This shows that the media and other anti-drunk driving programs have focused only on teen drinking and driving. They obviously haven't addressed the core problem.

>Backyard wrestling is a step too far

*It is apparent to me and the rest of the fans in the world that professional wrestling is one of the most popular forms of entertainment today.

>Take action now to ensure a healthy heart

*Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in America today. Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies from heart disease.

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