Pubdate: Tue, 16 May 2000
Source: Auburn Journal (CA)
Copyright: 2000 Auburn Journal
Contact:  1030 High St., Auburn, CA 95603
Author: Joyce Powell


I currently am employed by the Placer County Sheriff's Department and
I have seen firsthand the positive effect the DARE Program has on
grade-school children. I have watched the officers put in hours that
they have not been paid for, helping the children of this community.
One good example of this was the DARE Fun Run that was held this past
weekend at Sierra College.

If the DARE Program is a failure as Mr. Kubby alleges (Journal
letters, May 11), why were so many kids there to participate in a 5K
run? Perhaps Mr. Kubby could have benefited from a DARE Program. Both
of my daughters completed the DARE Program and benefited greatly from
it. Deputy Mark Wiseman did a great job and should be commended for a
job well done.

My eighth-grade daughter's exact quote about Mr. Kubby was: "He is
stupid for doing drugs, and kids should not do drugs and Mr. Kubby is
setting a bad example. He is teaching kids that it is OK to do drugs
because DARE is a waste of time. It is a fun way to learn that drugs
are bad."

I wonder when Mr. Kubby's child is in fifth-or sixth-grade if he will
offer her drugs, or will he be in prison where he belongs.

Joyce Powell, 
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