We should pay more attention to teenage drug use

Dear Editor,

The DARE program was started many years ago to teach young kids about the negative effects that drugs have on a person. When we did the program in sixth-grade, we all enthusiastically vowed we would never do drugs, but over that short period of three years until we got into high school, many things have changed. How it started, I will never know, but when we all came over here from the middle school, it was a whole new world. Some people gave into peer pressure and some indulged their curiosity, and so the cycle continues.

The next grade of students comes in to a drug ridden school that the administration refuses to acknowledge. Mason has always been depicted as a shining city on the hill for some other struggling schools, but we have some serious internal problems that we refuse to face. We’re spawning a generation of people who do drugs and thin kthat there will be no consequences; will they raise their kids thinking it’s okay to commit a crime? Those of us who view drug use as a serious problem seriously hope not, but the city of Mason as a whole needs to respond to this problem. Parents need to step up their efforts at home, and the school needs to step it up here with stricter punishments for those who do drugs and rewards for those who collaborate to bring drug trafficking and use in Mason to a halt. It may be harsh medicine for some, but we really need to fix this problem before it’s too late.

Jacob Hayes, junior

New games better than the old ones

Dear Editor,

I read your article, “Back in the Game.” I am a big fan of video games. I have played video games for about nine years. I have been introduced to many games over the years, and I have come across many different types and styles. But in my opinion, I disagree with the people in this article, and I think modern games are much better than old classic games.

I dislike older games because technology these days have created better ways of playing video games. The video games I play are on the Xbox. This has better graphics than an Atari and is much newer. The games I play are clear and have many pixels compared to the old games where they have very few pixels. When i was a kid, I played Pokemon and that got me excited. That was a very good game, and I loved it when the graphics changed because of the new technology.

In conclusion, older people like old games, and younger people like the new games. Games like Skyrim and Call of Duty are what a lot of kids these days are playing. I only know about one or two people who still love to play old games, but I don’t. I believe modern games are the best video games and the older ones are not as good.

Rohan Murthy, freshman

Parents shouldn’t smoke around kids

Dear Editor,

As long as I can remember, my parents have smoked. Personally, I don’t like the fact they do it because of so many health problems it creates like lung cancer and excessive coughing, but it’s not my choice whether they smoke or not. If they feel that they “need” to smoke, then they can smoke. I get judged almost every day because my parents don’t like to smoke outside, so my clothes and my hair smells like smoke as well. When people smell it on my clothes, they think I smoke, and I don’t. I wash a lot of my already clean clothes every day because they smell like smoke, but it gets hard after a while. Sometimes I hear people talking about me in class if I get up to ask the teacher a question, I hear, “did you smell that? It smells like smoke. I think she smokes.” They think I don’t hear them, but I do, and it’s really frustrating sometimes. I think it would be a lot better if parents didn’t smoke in households with kids.

Ashley Woxman, freshman