October Letters To the Editor

RE: The Truth About Heroin by Pete Baggs (Sept 2009)


Thank you for sharing your past with us. Natalie told me that the first time she used heroin, she thought she was snorting coke. One line and her future, the one where her dreams may have come true, was snatched from her grasp. She smiled brightly on the outside, but Natalie was filled with shame about her addiction and hid her addiction from everyone, even friends. I once told her that most adults made mistakes during their teen years and had regrets about their past. I tried to explain that she could move on and beyond her addiction if she got help, that her dreams were still attainable. I still believe that if she’d had more time, she might have beaten her addiction and faced a bright future. And we would still have her beautiful smile brightening our days.

Doreen Ciappa (Natalie’s mom)

Thank you for your brutal honesty. The cloak of denial regarding addiction is beyond belief. My two sons battled it, my husband had to be legally removed from my home and so many of my friends and their families walk this dark road every day. Again I am involved with someone with this inclination. I am not an addict, but fear there is no respite for me. Thank God for Naranon. My fellowship has been there for me during my darkest moments. Addiction affects everyone.



Great article. If folks out there are struggling with drug and alcohol issues, the LI Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence can help you! Call (516) 747-2606 or log onto licadd.org.



RE: Off-Duty Blogging by Ellen R. Storch (Aug 2009)

Very interesting article. However, how should employers manage employees who post information that could expose themselves to harm in the form of intimidation—even kidnap—in order to extract information about their employers’ business? The information employees post may appear to be totally innocuous (social activities, mention of children, indications of address), but to an intelligent and determined criminal, may provide in-roads to develop opportunities for offending. Of course, the employer may offer counsel, but this is difficult to do without scaring the employee and creating the impression that they’ve chosen a dangerous place to work. Any thoughts?



RE: Hey, What About the Wine by Chris Miller (Sept 2009)

Well done mate!! A restaurant with decent food and little bit of atmosphere doesn’t constitute any value unless it is a complete experience. This is really the way forward for reviews of all restaurants. Hopefully some others actually join in your thought process.