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Candidates: 'Do you perceive a problem of illegal drugs in Avalon and is enough being done to control them?' any illegal activity. I also believe the Sheriff's Department could be more visible in some areas, which would deter some of these issues. Continuing education regard- ing drugs in our community, especially at the school, is criti- cal. CHOICES continues to do an excellent job educating our youth, even with a severely limited bud- get. I would like to see the com- munity continue and expand its support of this vital organization. The city could have a greater role by providing more youth and adult activities through the Recreation Department. Joe Sampson One of our society's most complex prob- lems doesn't dis- criminate just because we live on an island. Speculating on how to stop the intrusion of illegal drugs is seem- ingly futile. Public agencies fund- ed with billions of tax dollars can't even control this social disease. Cartels don't discourage. We have to focus on what we CAN do as a community, to enhance our social and recreational assets. We can achieve measures of success, if we all support our children and young adults in every way possible. There is no one solution. This problem demands a unified com- munity effort! Cinde M. MacGugan-Cassidy Unfortunately there is illegal drug usage in every community. No matter how much education, help, love and support is available, some indi- viduals still make the decision to use, which brings it into our community. The number of lives lost to illegal drug use each year across the country is tragic. Our community recognizes drug and alcohol use in a greater degree because of how small and tight knit our community is. It resonates to all of us when some- one is in need. While illegal drug use has community-wide conse- quences, addiction is a personal battle and requires commitment from the individual to make an alternate decision. We have some areas where the Sheriff's Department could do better. I'd like to see a healthier balance between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. While I know the department tries to emphasize the spirit of the law, enforcing the letter of the law will perhaps deter some of the under- age drinking and drug use in gen- eral. With that, it is the responsi- bility of our community to support them when they do their job and not chastise or punish them for the job they do. It isn't right to make it easy for anyone to engage in HE CARES ABOUT AVALON'S FUTURE HE WILL WORK FOR YOU AND GET THINGS DONE HE IS SERIOUS ABOUT THIS COUNCIL RACE HE WILL HELP STOP DRUG ABUSE Support and be active in edu- cational, social and recreational groups, such as CHOICES, Teen Center, AA, Conservancy spon- sored learning group activities, City of Avalon recreational activi- ties, church fellowship and Bible studies, charity work, coaches and mentors play a key roll. Be the change you desire to see! Start a business! Our city welcomes new entrepreneurs! Give a kid a job. Teach someone a skill they can become self sufficient with in life! Swim, bike, camp, hike, kayak, fish, golf, sing, dance, paint, be a positive influence in someone's life! Write your political leaders. Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Avalon's Congressman Alan Lowenthal. Tell them to re-direct funds from unsustainable, wasteful programs like the High Speed Rail and put those billions into community outreach programs or trade skill internships. Something California really needs. They will write you back. I guarantee they will. It's their job, hold them account- able, they work for you, you are their employer, demand results! Winning the hearts and minds of our children is our real priority! Help someone with a drug problem, encouragement, hope and understanding, judge not. Pedpleaen't addicts because they want to be. Transformation is a beautiful thing. It starts with one person helping another. We own this problem, let's deal with it! Elect Joe Sampson, A voice of the people ! pedicabcatalina@gmail.com (310)740-6280 Michael Ponce I do perceive a problem with illegal drugs in Avalon but it seems to be an issue that is not spoken of but is seen every day. We need to be more open in our discussions of drug abuse in our community. I believe that working more closely with law enforcement can go a long way in combating the drug activity on the Island. We as a community need to decide if we are going to tolerate this type of activity or are we going to work at eliminating it. We need to let law enforcement know when and if you have wit- nessed this type of activity. This effects all of us but we should also understand that it highly effects the youth of Avalon. As a Board Member of CHOICES we are seeing an uptick in coun- seling for our youth either for using drugs or family members using drugs. Tim Winslow As a former Deputy Sheriff, I can say the drug problem is not "a perceived prob- lem," it is a star- tling fact. The death of a beautiful young lady a couple of weeks ago should show us all the tremendous and dangerous issue it is today. I hope that this senseless death will make our citizens stop and think and start reporting to the Sheriff. They can do so anonymously by calling 800-222-8477. What will stop the illegal use of recreational drugs? One thing is parents who use gateway drugs (i.e. marijuana which leads to harder drugs) in the presence of their children needs to stop. This does not promote a good exam- ple and does not promote a good sense of value. This only makes the child want to emulate their parents. Parents need to encourage their children to get involved with the CHOICES program, which was created for the kids to make better choices than substance abuse. We have at our station a Deputy with a drug-sniffing dog, who you will see at the post office or the heliport or the mole or Catalina Freight line or on the express boat traveling across the pond, to check for drugs. If you have drugs, he will give you a very spe- cial welcome. This is an excellent deterrent. Additionally, the Commander at Avalon station has at his com- ma, nd the ..full. resouroes, of the. Department and he has used many of the resources for this problem. This includes tailing a suspect on the mainland and enlisting Special Forces to go after drug dealers on warrant searches. We need to stop this problem, and the solution lies with us all to be watchful and report things that we know are wrong. Do the right thing, it could save a life. Alex Sanchez It's obvious that there is a prob- 310-422-1406 or bramming@aol.com Candidates, Page 7 ISI, gOD00B NEWSPAPER A KILLER WAY TO ADVERTISE ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 'IIE r..A'I[AI,.I ISLANDER 6 i Friday, February 28, 2014