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Give Peace a Double-click

After reading the article, "Stopping the Violence" by Barney Blakeney (Oct. 3), I was compelled to write. It is not a surprise to this South Carolinian that our crime rate is what it is, and it is not a surprise that we are looking for blame. But I'd like to suggest another path, one that might allow us to see a light at the end of the tunnel. This path is the grassroots campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace and Non-Violence in our nation's government.

Spearheaded by The Peace Alliance, a Dept. of Peace would create a cabinet-level position that would bring a Secretary of Peace to the table with our president and other cabinet members on many issues, both foreign and domestic. There is a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives right now to establish this department, HR 808, and it's scope would be widespread.

For South Carolinians, it would bring programs into the schools to teach children conflict resolution techniques, it would help in rehabilitation of our prisoners after they are released in an effort to cut down on recidivism, it would help in communication with the gangs to cut down on their criminal activity, and much much more. Go to www.thepeacealliance.org for more information and to get involved.

We need to stop trying to place blame and get behind a movement of peace-building in our community to affect change in all forms. Peace is not just the absence of conflict. It is the measure by which we can effectively resolve conflict before it escalates into violence.

Dee Partridge
Team Leader District 1
The Peace Alliance
Hollywood

The Real Thing

I wanted to kindly point out a correction in your write-up on Ryan Adams, which I enjoyed ("Snapalicious" by Stratton Lawrence, Oct. 17). Ryan Adams was drinking Diet Coke, not beer. He has been sober for over a year.

Ashly Barrett
John's Island

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