In the May 24 issue of your paper, an article--" 'Just Say No' Not Enough, State Panel on Alcohol, Drugs Is Told"--described some of the testimony given to the Governor's Policy Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. I have no problem with the information contained in the article. I do, however, have serious reservations about the way the information was presented.
I happen to chair the Just Say No Steering Committee of San Diego, a volunteer organization, whose purpose is to promote the "Just Say No" program throughout the county to benefit elementary school-aged children. Our program has definitely taken wings and is growing stronger each day. It is for this reason that I am writing. Your title " 'Just Say No' Not Enough . . .," presents such a negative connotation to the reader and does not represent the overwhelming positive strides made by the "Just Say No" program in this county.
The program has been used, given interpretations and misrepresented in so many ways that I don't think that the writer of this article, Dr. Xylina D. Bean (who testified at the hearing) or the general public is capable of giving any educated criticism.
"Just Say No" is a program that is very closely supervised and teaches children that there are alternatives to using drugs.