Pubdate: Sat, 11 May 2002
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


I found the May 5 article "Ecstasy stars in rave at coliseum" offensive. 
Only one viewpoint was presented.

I don't refer to myself as a raver because I'm an individual, not a label. 
Individuality is what it's all about. People believe we're crazy because of 
the clothing we choose to wear. I find the diversity inspiring.

The statements from two law enforcement officers estimating that 90% to 
100% of ravers were on drugs disturbs me because I, for one, don't use any 
drugs whatsoever. I'm well-acquainted with several individuals who attended 
Psychosis VII. Not one of them was on any drug. We're not there for drugs; 
we're there for the talent.

I liked that the article stated that raves aren't the only place such drug 
usage occurs.

Raves are a place to escape from society's judgmental views and popularity 
contests. The true meaning of raves is deeper than many can imagine. Many 
believe ravers are uneducated. Those who believe that are more ignorant 
than any raver; I can honestly say some of the most intelligent people I've 
met are ravers.

My opinions are rarely allowed to be expressed, because they differ from 
society's. That is why I wrote this: to exercise my right as an American - 
freedom of speech.

Lisa Burris Wisconsin Rapids
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