Attention Schools, Students Need Help

By David Palmer Some of today’s college students are taking themselves way too seriously with their demands on college administrations which, in turn, are taking the students and their demands much too literally. It’s not good for either of them, but the colleges are supposed to be the adults after all. By chance I came across […]

The Days of Wine and Roses

  By David Palmer Right on schedule, there it was, “The Days of Wine and Roses,” on my TV menu. It was the day before New Year’s Eve, and the 1962 Oscar-nominated best picture of the year had just begun, once again reminding us of the consequences of alcohol abuse as we celebrate the coming new […]

A Response to the Terrorist Assault on our Communities

By David Palmer Much of America’s unparalleled success comes from the strength of its communities, and today, perhaps more than ever, they are under attack. The latest assault, resulting in 14 deaths, occurred in San Bernadino, California on December 2. It was carried out by terrorists representing the “radicalized” wing of the Muslim faith. Over the […]

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 […]