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2/14/2012 11:55:00 AM
Letter: Do not emulate Whitney Houston


There has been so much publicity on the death of Whitney Houston. One fact I read in each and every article was that she had ruined her voice due to drug and/or alcohol addiction.

One thing is being missed for young adults and parents who want to teach their children and keep them on the correct path.

DO NOT emulate Whitney Houston. She apparently was an addict. Addicted to drugs and possibly alcohol. Apparently that is the one fact we know.

So maybe we should forget about who famous she was, what a good voice she had. Many avenues of help are available for people with the problems she had. I hope the people who had been close to her had been praying that the would have done something about the addictions, but either she did not realize how bad off she was, or chose to do nothing. Did she ask for God’s help in beating her addiction? Were the people around her asking for His help for her? I guess those questions will remain unanswered.

So, yes, remember her for her good voice if you wish, but also remember how she died, and don’t go down that path. And parents, please teach this to your children. You can use her as an example.

Dave Woehning


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: (P.S. Although maybe...

...we should leave out your thinking you're psychic, from that object lesson I said your post might offer younger folks, eh? Or on the other hand, maybe it should stay! An excellent example of how to not presume/project as fact a conclusion like a coroner's report that hasn't even been released yet? Of how to not offer any benefit of a doubt on behalf of, of how to rationalize assuming the worst of, anyone who's had addiction in their history? Even if the report comes back positive for substances, she would have deserved everyone's *hope* that a different outcome was found...)

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: And maybe we can...

...use your letter as an object lesson for our young people, too. Of how important it is to remain aware, with compassion, of whatever lifestyle factors or unfortunate choices made may have contributed to a person's passing, taking from that observation whatever lessons may be pertinent -- while at the same time, maintaining appropriate acknowledgment, gratitude and respect for all the positive, beautiful ways that person's life impacted others.

The only example I see as worthy of being set here is that of respect for all that's been true about a person's life who has passed, with an emphasis on the positive.

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