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A couple random thoughts to share on the blog today.

  • Have problems surrounding drugs worsened over the past 10 years or so? I can only judge what I see in my region. But, from what officials tell me and what I see, I think they have. Local officials have told me in the past that, in a conservative estimate, 85 percent of the cases they deal with involving alcohol or drugs. That’s shocking. This week, we had a shooting directly related to a drug deal….on a walking trail used by families on a daily basis. It’s clearly unacceptable. But, what do we do about it? Such a difficult question, but one facing communities big and small all over the nation.

  • I’ve got to get a mention in here for the Pittsburgh Pirates! I woke up this morning to see that the Cardinals lost last night, meaning they’re now tied with the Pirates (the PIRATES?!) for the best record in baseball. They’ve played so well, and unlike last year, there are no indications that they’re going to have a collapse later in the season. I’m excited to see what the rest of the season has in store.

  • Chalk this up to the power of sleep. I went to bed around 7:30 p.m. yesterday and slept through the night, getting up at my normal 3:30 a.m. I usually turn in around 10 p.m. for about 5 1/2 hours of sleep. The extra 3 or so hours makes a big difference! Feeling much more refreshed today.

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