Solutions not obstacles21, April 2012 | By: Fr Paul Byrne | 1 Comment »
COMMENT The on-going “drugs issue” in Coalisland has raised many challenges and questions across the whole community.
There is no one clear solution to the problem of illegal drugs or the selling of alcohol to minors. But what is clear is the need for everyone in the community to work together to find the means to protect our young people, so they can have a future in an environment where they can feel safer, where the need to be part of a drugs culture is removed and where they have greater self-confidence and self-esteem.
“What is clear is the need for everyone in the community to work together to find the means to protect our young people”
All residents want to feel safe in their homes and on the streets. Parents have the right to know that their children are not being exposed to the ruthless exploitation of adults who see children as easy targets for financial gain and the power struggles of vested interests.
We all have the responsibility to work in unison for the health and well-being of the entire community.
The current “Coalisland Cares” campaign is an opportunity for all of us in the community – residents, statutory agencies, youth organisations, voluntary groups, schools, churches, politicians, police and many others – to work together to find solutions to this crisis.
There will be many obstacles to be overcome on the road to solutions, but the one primary concern and focus should always be the future well-being of our young people. Nothing should deflect from that vision.
“The one primary concern and focus should always be the future well-being of our young people – nothing should deflect from that vision.”
Funding or costs should never be an obstacle when human lives are at stake. Every individual has a valuable role to play in finding the solutions. We all need to pull together in an attempt to prevent things from getting worse.
All guidelines that are expected to be followed in today’s society will be implemented to ensure the protection and safety of everyone as far as is possible and the various agencies will be lobbied for funding to train and support volunteers.
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