- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

Lansing State Journal. April 17.

Lacey was a tiny soul who inspired

The Randy Travis country tune “Three Wooden Crosses” famously notes in its chorus: “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you, it’s what you leave behind you when you go.”

By that measure, 8-year-old cancer warrior Lacey Holsworth of St. Johns left behind a fortune in courage, love and inspiration.

Her generosity in sharing her short life on the public stage and joyously celebrating family, friendship and fun in the face of a brutal illness left a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of Michiganders and millions nationally who followed her story as she followed Michigan State University’s men’s basketball team in their 2014 NCAA Tournament travels.

Greater Lansing and the MSU community memorialized Lacey in a ceremony at the Breslin Center last night (April 17). But the best way to remember Lacy is to share love, kindness and support with others who need it. If the many people Lacey’s story touched helped a little more, reached out just a few times more often, the world would be a better place in deed.

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Daily Press (Escanaba). April 14.

Underage drinking a complex problem

April has been designated as Alcohol Awareness Month by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Hundreds of communities across the country will participate in this grassroots effort to highlight the dangers of underage drinking and identify workable solutions.

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous - both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.

The issue of underage drinking is a complex problem and one that is best solved through a sustained and cooperative effort between parents, schools, community leaders and America’s youth. There are three areas which have proven to be effective in prevention of underage drinking; curtailing the availability of alcohol, consistent enforcement of existing laws and regulations, and changing cultural misconceptions and behaviors through education.

With graduation comes celebration and parties are indeed an appropriate part of that celebration. During this time, parents are forced to make difficult choices regarding serving alcoholic beverages to minors. This can endanger the lives of the students who consume alcohol and the lives of others. It has serious potential legal consequences for the underage youth that drinks and the person that provides the alcohol for them. There are several reasons, besides the law, to take underage drinking seriously. It is not enough just to take the keys away from a youth that has been drinking. Many other consequences can occur that have nothing to do with drinking and driving. Suicide, accidental death, drowning, violent injury and alcohol overdoses, which can often result in life-changing accidents, are also serious consequences that can occur. Offering alcohol free graduation parties and monitoring the youth that attend your party will ensure the safety of our community and will send the message that it is possible to have a good time without alcohol.

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Holland Sentinel. April 17.

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