‘With friends like you …’

To the editor:

I simply must make a few comments on your editorial about drug addiction, “Demonic possession” (March 31).

In this editorial you state, “That same week, a local young person died of a drug overdose in Saranac Lake. I won’t give details that would identify the person, for the sake of family members ” Then you go on to say, “We know this person’s family members, and know they had already gone through hell trying to love and support this person, and to deal with the essential things their loved one couldn’t.”

These statements remind me of the old saying, “With friends like you …” Well, you know the rest of the saying.

The facts are that this is a very small town, that almost everyone reads the obituaries in the paper, that people also read the news stories in the paper, and that most of them are good at basic arithmetic; i.e., they can put two and two together to make four.

Please, have the decency to let this family have their privacy to mourn a person they loved and must be grieving for mightily. No one else needs to know or is entitled to the details of this sad situation. I don’t know the person or the family, but I do know I’d be devastated and I wouldn’t want my personal loss used to make an editorial point.

I don’t doubt the sincerity of your sentiments. However, if you were trying to express how much it “broke (y)our hearts” at the Enterprise, you missed the mark, badly. The editorial was clumsy, ham-handed and unnecessary.

Sincerely yours,

Ann Mullen

Saranac Lake