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Take responsibility

Dear Editor:

I applaud Melissa and Bruce Matherly for the risk they took to protect the kids of the Roaring Fork Valley based on their letter to the editor of Feb. 9. I’d like to add a few comments as follows: The reasons are many for not having parties for kids when you know they’ll be drinking.

I’m only going to list three. First, it’s a felony. Second, you have absolutely no way of knowing how much kids have consumed before they get to your party nor how much they’ve consumed while at your house. I personally know of seven kids who’ve overdosed on alcohol (alcohol poisoning) while at a party thrown by a parent. Third, none of us knows which kid may have the genetic predisposition or personality trait that sends them across that invisible line into a life of substance abuse.

Do you want that responsibility? Because if they’re drinking in your house or at your cabin or on your boat, you are responsible. Choice is no longer a factor in the equation. Please wake up to this issue.

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I’m an adolescent counselor in the Roaring Fork Valley, and this is, by far, the most urgent issue to be addressed. Believe it or not, it even trumps health care reform! Feel free to call me at 963-6013 if you want to discuss this issue or if you need some help for yourself or a loved one who’s struggling through their own substance abuse problems.

Shelley Evans

Carbondale


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