A Faith-Based Community Plan to Reduce Drug Abuse

By David Palmer In a recent video, Republican Presidential candidate, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, gave the nation a pep talk on the urgent need to deal with the nation’s drug problem.  His call to action went viral on Facebook and other social media with six million viewers and counting. In his message, Christie spoke […]

Tackling Mental Illness and Addiction One Community at a Time

By David Palmer In his new book,  “A Common Struggle. A personal journey though the past and future of mental illness and addiction,” Patrick Kennedy describes his own harrowing struggle with drugs and alcohol and advocates for more aggressive treatment of both mental illness and addictions through the development of local resources in individual communities. It […]

Get a Grip, America. Stop Dithering!

By David Palmer Get a grip, America! Enough, already! Let’s stop the political dithering in D.C. and act grown up again. We face what amounts to a World War against terrorism, and our communities, traditionally our strength, are fractured by racial discord, ugly politics and disagreements over guns and psychotic killers. Let’s get back to basics. […]

Building a Community Infrastructure for Substance Abuse Recovery

By David Palmer Voters in New Hampshire, the early primary state for presidential candidates, are concerned about the nation’s growing drug abuse problem and its impact on their communities. They want something done. An Associated Press article in Little Rock’s Democrat Gazette reported that “in town halls and ‘meet and greets’ in Iowa and New Hampshire, […]

Captive – Single Mom’s Christian Message Overcomes Killer

By David Palmer On the face of it, Ashleigh Smith, a single mom and newly recovering meth addict with, at best, a fragile grip on sobriety was an unlikely role model, but on March 12, 2005, she proved herself worthy by helping to bring multiple killer, Brian Nichols, to justice. On that day, Nichols took […]

Charleston’s Faith-Based Response to Evil

A model for all communities By David Palmer On the night of June 18, Dylan Storm Roof, a deranged 21 year-old white supremacist, shot and killed nine innocent black parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The response of devastated families and friends of the victims, was to forgive him. “I forgive you; […]

Remembering Daddy Jack Fryer

“Daddy” Jack Fryer, 71, died last week, apparently at the hands of his brother Robert, who, Jack once told me, suffered from schizophrenia. Robert has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, based on bone fragments found in a burn barrel. I met Jack when he was released from prison in December 2007, after serving six […]

Overcoming Addictions – The Power of our Hometowns and Local Neighborhoods

  When World War II began in 1941, my father gave up his high paying public relations job on New York’s Madison Avenue, bought the local newspaper, the Summit Herald, in our home town of Summit, N.J. and went to work. He was forty, had a wife and kids, and was therefore exempt from military service, […]

Healing Inmates – How Do We Help Them Get Well?

Help inmates get well. Reduce cost of Prisons. By David Palmer It is a shocking fact that one out of a hundred Americans is in prison. Some of these inmates, regrettably, are truly bad people and should stay in prison. For the rest, we can, first, do a better job dealing with the drug addictions […]

The Untapped Potential of Prisons: Turning Inmates into Taxpayers

By David Palmer Early this summer, Paul Chapman, a former Alltel executive and now pastor at Little Rock’s Fellowship Bible Church, launched the “First Principles of Entrepreneurship” class for prison inmates at the inner city’s Scott Ford Center for Entrepeurship at Arkansas Baptist College. The program addresses on a local level the national problem of […]