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Opinion Letters Problem is huge elephant in the room

"Light of the world shine on me, love is the answer. Shine on us all, set us free, love is the answer," goes the pop song by England Dan from back in the 1980s. Another one is "Honesty is mostly what I need from you," by Billy Joel.

People are taking their own lives almost every week. One man I noticed near where I live died on his own birthday, age 62 years. I knew of his problem with alcohol and surmised that it probably was related. Another case a 31-yearold man died of drugs and alcohol "in the policeman's arms," according to the undertaker. But the tragedy didn't stop there as five days later his father, age 51, committed suicide according to my friend, the undertaker.

What's with people? Well, we have a drug and alcohol problem for one. It's a huge elephant in the room that nobody is supposed to mention. Medication for the pain in the soul, but does not suffice. It is an epic time to be alive and I still relish each day. I worked for 30 years as a librarian retired this year. The book that still stands tallest in my mind is the Bible. I love the gospels, especially John and Romans in particular. Another book I read everyday now for many years is "Destined to Reign devotional" which helps explain grace and freedom. It is by a friend from Singapore, Joseph Prince. Thanks to Deni Shepard for the inspiring letter of Nov. 7. There is only one way, truth and life and it's time to wake up.

Respectfully,

James Hopper — Fitzgerald, Ga.





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