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$html_title = "A 4th Of July Reminder";
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$body = <<A 4th of July
Another holiday is upon us this
week, one that carries extra significance due to the turmoil
that our country has experienced over the last ten months. We
have learned that drug use funds terrorist activity, as if
the death and destruction that comes with substance abuse
isn’t enough already. We’ve seen multi-billion
dollar companies fall within days, mainly because of
dishonesty among the respected leaders of the organization.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of land have gone up in an
uncontrollable blaze, some started by the very people whose
job it is to prevent such tragedies.
Throughout these times we have
seen the use of legal and illegal increase dramatically.
Prescription painkillers, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety
medications are among the most frequently used. Couple this
with the fact that drinking alcohol, even in large amounts,
is socially acceptable in our society, and it is evident that
we have become a quick-fix, pill-popping society that looks
for the easy way out instead of fully dealing with and
handling our problems. These “remedies” cover the
problems and fix the symptoms, but they don’t solve the
National holidays like
Independence Day typically have lots of outdoor activities
and plenty of games, not to mention the beer usually flows
like water. For a drug that kills more people than all
illegal drugs combined, alcohol is a dangerous component.
People drink too much and then make irrational decisions like
getting behind the wheel of a car. The point is this -
we’ve had enough tragedy in our country for one year,
so let’s don’t add to it. The 4th of July is a
day that is supposed to be a celebration of our freedom, not
to mourn the loss of a loved one.
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