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Letter to the Editor: Children need good examples

By MIKE SAWYER
Birmingham, Ala.

Editor,

"To help children make right choices, they need good examples. Athletics play such an important role in our society, but, unfortunately, some in professional sports are not setting much of an example. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids in baseball, football, and other sports is dangerous, and it sends the wrong message -- that there are shortcuts to accomplishment, and that performance is more important than character. So tonight I call on team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to take the lead, to send the right signal, to get tough, and to get rid of steroids now." State of Union Address, President George W. Bush Jan. 20, 2004

Couple of months ago I called several federal agencies to try and find the death toll caused by steroids.

To my surprise I couldn't get a federal body count for steroids. No steroid death count per Google.

Headline news yesterday predicting that legal-but-lethal tobacco will terrorize and slaughter one billion this century.

How many 9/11 attacks would it take to equal one billion?

Give you a silver dollar if you can find "tobacco" in any of the State of the Union addresses by President Bush.





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