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Wednesday. April 22, I998 Letter from a teen: What parents need to know ‘ about drug use on Mercer Island. riday night finally arrived. and my curiosity got the best of me. The vodka bottle rest- ing on my parents' refrigerator shelf would soon be empty because of the actions of my bestfriend and I; Actions I regretted too late. Soon after my first experience with liquor I was drinking every Weekend, and less than one month later I experimented with marijuana. When discussing it with my friends (those I ended up smoking with), I remember saying to myself "I will only do this once or twice. but never more." . One year later I continued my drug use not knowing where those promises went. I had no intention of ever ending up in this situation, but the fact still remains that I did end up in a situation that I never dreamed possible. Many people'believe that mari— juana is the “passageway drug.” I feel that alcohol has the same po— tential to get you experimenting. or using more. even harder dritgs. I thought I knew the dangers in drug use. I continued to avoid hard drugs, and stick with the ones I be— lieved I Could handle. But the drugs which I never in— tended to try, I tried because of lac- ing of and even the switching of drugs. If people knew what would happen to them they probably wouldn’t smoke that one joint. but it just happens too fast. and you don't figure it out until it is too late. People believe that teenage drug abuse does not really begin until you reach high school, but I am sorry to tell you that this belief is not true. On Mercer Island alone many of ‘The majority of my friends in eighth grade have tried drugs or still continue to use today.’ the students from seventh grade to IZth grade have either experiment— ed with or continue to use drugs. The question of why teenagers use drugs is a common one. The reason for my first experimentation with drugs was pure curiosity. I i guess I continued with my drug use because I enjoyed it. and it gave me ‘ something to do. Last year, whensl began using on a regular basis. I had no extreme depression issues. I had friends who didn’t use, along with those who did: and I got good grades. One year later (attempting to live ‘ my life without any further drug use) I still have no great depression. I continue to have friends who use and who are clean; and I am a 4.0 student. ' Although my reasons for turning to drugs were not pressure from my peers, family members, low self-es- teem or depression, many kids do begin to use for these reasons and more. I was part of the minority who just doesn't know how to say no when everything else in our bodies says yes. The majority of my friends in eighth grade have tried drugs or still continue to use today. I am not going to be hypocritical and state :Slalqub...lVe’ize Got Secret“ 37IOA l28th Ave SE." elIeVUe ‘0. Log on. SA. . It's About Time . . . For Kids <~' that drugs ‘are bad and I wish I had never tried them because that is not entirely what I truly believe. I am glad that I did experiment with drugs but the path I chose to follow when the experimenting was done is one I wish I could take back. There should be better ways of relieving that curiosity within myself besides experimenting with drugs. ' ' Maybe if I had been educated more about drugs‘in school and with my family I would not have rinsing. ,. re 90 db L. While'tltose,_5tatisucs .- basis. reputations-asggtroablemake Adios Gilman Village ‘ Adios i=3 SNF «1205' aresdisappomtingnhey tell us that ~81 -89 percent of ninthegrade'ts have not used illegal drugs over ‘the-pastlyeara . . 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Before writing this article, I felt that the onlyvreason I was writing this was to help others fight teenage drug abuse, but now I realize that I have also helped myselffi I have goals for my future. and being addicted emotionally or physically to drugs is not part of them. I admit I made a mistake in my life. but all teenagers make mis- _takes. The difference is we are‘making these mistakes around drug use. These mistakes harm our future. We can’t ever take these mistakes back, no matter how hard anyone prays. You have to remember we are only kids and we have our whole life to live. .. Make a difference to our society and learn the facts about’drug abuse...our future depends on it. An Islander Middle School student Adios - . Issaquah Adios The best kept secret in Bellevue is out of the bag! THE FOUNTAINS AT PACIFIC REGENT offers a fabulous downtown location with breathtaking views from spacious one- and two- bedroom apartments. 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He joined the Boeing Aerospace Company in I959. During his career he was President of Boeing Services International Letters to the .— Continued from page A6 elude performances from Navy Band Seattle. the Bellevue Philharmonic, Show Brazil. the Keith Highlanders‘and more. ‘_ * Beginning this year. the Arts Council will directly supervise the planning and operation of the Mostly Music in the Park series. , As in most things. this chapge in direction is also an opportunity for us all to acknowledge‘and thank past ‘MMIP subcommittee members for their contributions and energy in shop» herding the series to its'c‘urrent state of sophistication and success. You have helped create an important part of our community's cultural life. We now expect the variety of an- nual arts events and programs spon- sored by our Arts Council and its many volunteers as a regular part of our community life. Our cbn‘nnunity is better for the efforts our citizens give of their time and talents. So, as we look toward sum— mer...happy listening, viewing. par- ticipating. . .see you at the Community Center, Mercerdale and the Park! Mayor Gordy Edberg The Arts Council is begging for trouble I am an'interested bystander in the currentproblem of the future of Mostly Music in the Park. As I see it the Arts Council is tak— ing a lot of ‘flak" perhaps not de— servedly. If said council is governed by a set of by—Iaws no attempt has topublish: them Lerwhenee Mercer) Island Reporter A7 1 i which had extensive operations in Europevand the Middle East and also Cape Kennedy. Mr. Mitchell retired in I990 as Vice President of Operations for‘ Boeing Space and Defense. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife. Sharon Mitchell of Mercer Island: and by his sons. Rand Mitchell of Cinebar. Wash.. and Robert Mitchell of Seattle, and his daughter, Lynn Mitchell of Mercer Island. A memorial service was held Saturday, April 18. Memorials may be made to American Red ,Cross, I900 25th South, Seattle. WA 98l44‘. ‘ For an additional obituary, see the Records page, A5. ‘ editor. . .j cometh the authority to do anything? Who empowers anybody to: collect money. distribute any collected mon— eys. solicit for funds for any purpose. transfer funds from one committee to another, audition persons for per- formances. and so forth'.’ In short. the “Ans/Council is'begging for'trouble. For their own protection some rules of order should be made public . It only takes one disgruntled person to start legal action and muddy the water. Can you imagine the furor evolv- ing from, bringing in ‘consultants’ from Bellevue, Juanita or Tukwila in order to solve OUR problems? Suppose that someone asks the Arts Council for the credentials of anyone who might be involved in the new community center. I could go on re: the peoples‘ right to know what their government is doing with its . power. Suppose someone questions the right of the head of the Arts Council to hire. fire. appoint. etc. anybody. 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