To the editor,
Consider this as an open request for a response for the local police forces. I would like to inquire what is being done to combat the drug problems that we are experiencing in Pictou County.
I don't need to know that it is the same as in other places, or that "it's under control," as we both know that is truly not the case. I am asking specifically what is being done here, in Pictou County, where I live. Do we have educational programs aimed at youth? Are they regularly carried out? Do we have a drug task force? Do we need to ask for outside help? What is being done to help this issue?
Also, to the mayors of our community, as poverty is an underlying causal agent to drug use, what specific steps are you taking to help control poverty and give a greater access to opportunities? What steps are specifically being done to attract new businesses and manufacturers to our community? Do you offer tax incentives? Rebates on energy use? Do you participate in trade fairs to attract businesses here? Have you ever considered having a trade fair here and inviting prospective employers?
I understand that there are no "easy answers" to combating the rampant drug use and addictions that we are experiencing in Pictou County, and I understand that it will take a concerted effort by everyone to make a difference, but to the police and the local mayors, what SPECIFICALLY are you doing?