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The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, "Why didn't we have drug problem when you and I were growing up?"

I replied I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ear when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didnt put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad's field. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no oneto mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

God Bless the parents who drugged us.

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Feb. 27, 2008 at 4:45 PM So true,BUT an America has grown older so has everything that our ancestors taught us. It's all Polictics now. NO YOU CAN'T HIT YOUR CHILD on  thier rear in public for the fear of someone reporting you into CPS. I so agree with you.

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Feb. 28, 2008 at 11:12 AM It is hard for me to believe that some moms think that discipline is child abuse... a swat on the toosh is not a beating.  NOT EVERY kid needs a swat, only the ones who do not respond to the limits that are set for them do!

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