Monica J. Stich
In response to "Allow me to set the record straight on the Summit to Stop Suicide event" published Sept. 14: I stand by my letter. I listened to the students and they were an informed source. They knew what they were talking about and they did not fabricate. I did not twist the facts and their experience was real.
A group of high school students made the three-hour trek from Bismarck to Fargo in order to attend the Summit to Stop Suicide, hosted by Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. They were part of a peer group representing Century High School. The young group had first-hand experience of death by suicide—a classmate of theirs had been placed on life support back in May after an attempted suicide. Tragically, he died this summer.
I thought, "Wow" when I read Saun Moser's letter to the editor, "Taxpayers shouldn't have to support people who don't work," posted online July 6th. Wow, indeed. How fortunate for him to not ever be down and out in his life and to not need assistance of any kind. But those good-for-nothings he so harshly judges must qualify for services under some eligibility factor other than "Lazy- do not want to work" category. There are mental illnesses and chronic addictions that are not evident to the bystander's eye.
Oh my gosh! I could not believe what I was reading in The Forum recently. The article was about the former high school teacher in Grand Forks who had had sex with a student. That is not what surprised me. What was astonishing was his defense ... "She started it." Huh? Did I read that correctly? She started it ? You've got to be kidding me! The victim was described as a "precocious teenager." What exactly does that mean? Sounds