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November 17, 2005
Many visitors to my website would be interested in knowing what I am currently doing to prepare myself to be the next senator from the 50th district. In my continuing effort to let all the voters know how I am working for the community to "Do the Right Thing" (which is my campaign slogan), I plan regular updates so they can be informed. The following release has been distributed to all weekly newspapers in WNC to use at their discretion since I was I was a participant in the summit.

Western Carolina University Hosts Summit, Winning the War on Methamphetamine - A Multidimensional Approach

Wednesday, November 16 saw approximately 600 participants from WNC and beyond gather at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center in Cullowhee to participate with a panel of experts who led the program in broadening the knowledge base about the meth crisis that is enveloping much of our communities. The three broad categories addressed were
(1) Education and Community Effectiveness, (2) Law Enforcement Effectiveness, and (3) Social Service, Medical, and Media Effectiveness.

Numerous political individuals, both aspiring and ones in office participated in the panel discussions. This included Senator John Snow (D-Murphy) who was a panelist and Rick Bagley and Sue Lynn Ledford (both Republicans from Cherokee County), one of whom will likely face Snow in the General Election next November.

The summit was opened by WCU Chancellor John W. Bardo who noted that WNC could expect a major breakthrough in the quality of life in the near future, and the elimination of the meth crisis would be a meaningful contribution to the changes we will see in the years ahead.

John Snow was a panelist, Rick Bagley had a brief informal meeting with social service workers who work with affected children, and Sue Lynn Ledford publicly asked probing questions about future directions that should materialize from the political and private leadership.

There was widespread press coverage of the event, including the AP, and numerous questions directed to the panelists provided a basis for a better understanding of the challenges faced in our communities. One thought-provoking idea from a panelist suggested that he had seen an instance where the use of marijuana paved the way or provided a link to go on to stronger drugs.

Keynote speaker Roy Cooper who is the Attorney General for North Carolina focused the attention of all the participants on the high priority which should be given the crisis. Panelist Phil Byers, Chief Deputy Sheriff from Rutherford County wisely counseled the audience to remove politics from the issue. Click here to go to 'Fighting Drugs' and learn more about my platform.)

Quote from Bagley provided in addition to above, "Probably everyone at the summit has had first-hand experiences with drug abuse, both with family and friends. The crisis we are seeing merits the careful attention of every citizen in the state. I invite readers to go to my website, www.bagleyforsenate.com and click on drugs to learn about one example of an effective strategy to deal with the crisis."

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