Letter to the Editor

Clay County drug problem

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I imagine the reaction to the story in the Nov. 10 edition of the Daily Reporter (Drive-time distraction leads to arrest) is a mixed bag, to say the least. It could include shock, a chuckle, disdain, pity, compassion, horror and/or genuine concern to mention but a few. Bloggers probably had a field day, but I'm only guessing. The "distraction" turned out to be a naked, 36-year-old female walking in traffic during rush hour, on Grand Avenue. Sounds like it hasn't been confirmed that she was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time, but that will be known in the upcoming days. In the meantime, she is in the Clay County Jail.

The woman in question obviously has a multitude of issues to deal with, not the least of which may be an addiction to a killer substance. We're not talking about a "harmless" recreational drug/substance. What will the community's reaction to this incident be? Will there be an outcry for taking seriously the drug problem existing in Clay County? It seems pretty obvious from the monthly "Sirens" feature, that we have our fair share of impaired individuals. They are someone's kids, siblings, parents, neighbors and work-place peers. Through their actions they are endangering themselves and anyone they encounter. Is that OK with you? I sure hope not!

I suggest that this is not a time for judging or condemning. We could all reflect on the "there, but for the grace of God, go I" view of life's circumstances. That said, I'm pretty sure that the beginning of all problems (as well as all solutions) starts with one's decision-making process. Change some decisions, and you change some outcomes as well. As a community, as a school district, as a church family, what more could we be doing to enhance the choices people make? We have some very solid service clubs, fraternal organizations, church groups and informal gatherings every day of the week in Spencer, and around the county. What can you bring to the table that can help people make better decisions? How can each of us be part of the solution?

Bill Kersting, Spencer