Pubdate: Mon, 29 Nov 1999
Source: USA Today (US)
Copyright: 1999 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.
Page: 28A
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Author: Stephen Young
Note: This is the LTE Steve, our DrugSense ALERT specialist, wrote for the
ALERT at: 


The letter about being "honest" with children about drug use was a great
expression of common sense ("Be honest with children about past 'pot'
experience," Nov. 22). Lying always has been considered immoral; there's
even a commandment against it. Why then should marijuana be an exception?

The truth did not seem as highly valued in the same edition's letter on
"'Irresponsible' commentary." By suggesting it is appropriate to lie to our
children, the author clearly expressed his own lack of honesty with himself.

Will thinking and saying enough bad things about marijuana make it go away?

All of our past experience indicates that it will not.

Thanks to USA TODAY letter's page for placing these two perspectives side
by side. When compared, they illustrate an early moral lesson I hope will
be learned by children:

Honesty is the best policy.

Stephen Young
Roselle, Ill.

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