October 28, 2004

It's hard to be non-partisan

I work for an agency that has many anti-Bush liberals in it. It is ok, they are great people but just have a different view on the world as I do.

Recently I met the Drug Czar and was asked to write a story about it detailing my meeting and what he said.

I used to opportunity to talk up the administration. Take a read

On October 21st, the Director of the ONDCP and National Drug Czar, John Walters presented two Communities That Care sites with new Safe and Drug Free Communities grants.

Norristown Communities That Care and Quakertown Area Communities That Care each received new grants for $100,000 a year for five years. The grants will allow these community coalitions to continue to work to reduce risk factors in their communities by focusing on proven research-based strategies centering around a strong community coalition and science-based programming. Berks County also had their Safe and Drug Free Communities Grant renewed.

Mr. Walters said that these coalitions make up the ‘Armies of Compassion’, and are effective at reducing substance abuse and other problem behaviors because they allow communities to target prevention efforts to areas that are needed within their own community.

According to Walters, the Bush administration has shown a commitment to the work of community coalitions by doubling federal spending on prevention coalitions since he took office in 2001. The federal government now directly funds 714 coalitions across the country.

Walters notes that the data show the emphasis on community prevention coalitions has worked. “President Bush set a three-year goal for a 10% reduction in youth substance abuse. In those three years the reduction was 11%.”

I guess it's pretty straight down the middle, but I purposely put stuff in there that would make some of these libs think twice about voting for Kerry. Since many of them are funded by grants for these coalitions, I thought it would be nice to make the point that President Bush has doubled his funding for these programs.

Am I as bad as the New York Times in my bias?

Posted by psugrad98 at October 28, 2004 08:47 AM

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