Letters to the Editor

Various, Letters

Dear Editor,
I moved to Lewiston two Octobers
ago. I have two teens that have had
a very hard time finding clean fun
activities that would keep them
busy or even semi-busy. They turn
to social activity on-line because
they are not into the party scene and
complain about the lack of activity
in the community. I had hoped
that bringing my teens to a small

community would open the close-
knit community feel for them. This

was a last chance effort for me to
show them different avenues before
adulthood. I am from Casper, WY
born and raised. I remember what
it was like not have much for teen
adventure. We at least got a mall in
my teens. Lewiston does not even give
this as an outlet or meeting place for
the restless teens of the area. No the
mall that is here does not constitute
a mall, far from any gathering place,
even for the older community. It
has been a disappointment for my
whole family. There is little to no
events for a teen in this area. There
are so many things that could be
brought to this community for the
mental wellbeing of our teens. Yes,
our teens. This is our home now.
There is a big hole here that needs
to be filled. I understand that this is
an older community but that does
not mean that teens do not exist.
There are many things that could be
introduced to the community that
would benefit so many. A go-cart
park, indoor or out, I understand
this can be expensive but there is
also putt-putt golf that is affordable
and fun for the family or a couples
night out, to a teen get together. Why
not introduce an indoor activity
park with rock climbing, ball pit,
a gladiator’s obstacles course and
so much more for this kind of
establishment. I know of the aquatic
center but it has not had much of a
review from the locals. We live in a
valley that could have an amusement
park that many people from miles
around would come to enjoy. The
potential for this wonderful Magic
Valley is limitless. This place has
the means and finances to support
many of these activities that would

and could keep many of these kids
from wanting to find not so savory
outlets that teens seem to use to
substitute for good clean fun. It is
time to consider all the people in this
valley, not just the older community.
Who knows maybe even they would
benefit from the outdoor and indoor
gathering for adventure. Have you
ever seen anyone in a go-cart that
didn’t have a smile on their face?
It is time to seek the smiles of the
families in Lewiston.
Candy Bradison
Lewis-State College
Geology major with a GIS minor
Dear Pathfinder Editor:
There has been a huge increase in
drug use in Lewiston and Clarkston
over the past several years. I believe
this is because of the small number
of activities for people ages 10-22.
The ‘Rollaway’ was one of the best
editions this valley had, as it was a
cheap way to relieve hours of fun by
roller skating. Gradually the “mall”
that is in the center of the mall is
continuously shrinking, and the few
stores that are in there don’t receive
a lot of business. If as a community
we don’t come together and create
places for children and young adults,
there will be a steady flow of these
people that are choosing drugs and
alcohol over anything else. Here
is my proposal. There aren’t any
“hangout” spots that people of all
ages can go to. We have an arcade in
Clarkston. I believe we should put
money into it to make it much bigger
and appeal to people of all ages.
Since there is a large population of
college students in the Valley that
have nothing to do, there should be a
club of some sort that these students
can go to on the weekends to party
and have fun in a safe space. Lastly
to make Lewiston and Clarkston
more appealing, to clean up the roads
and the town, in general, to be more
presentable to out of townspeople
who stop by. I firmly believe if the
valley looked better and was cleaned
up, more people would want to stay.
With these few changes, Lewiston
and Clarkston can become a much
better environment for young people

who are susceptible to becoming
addicted to drugs and alcohol. If
there are other places to turn, other
activities to do, we can eliminate this
horrific problem in the Valley.
Josh Wilson
Sophomore, Secondary Physical
Education Major
Greetings Pathfinder Editor:
Living in Moscow there are many
things to do and ways to engage with
one another. Nonetheless drugs are
a common occurrence such as any
town. Drugs are not the issue nor
those who partake –the environment
they are produced, distributed,
and used is the issue. Creating a
new event center or store will not
reduce drug use. The solution is
quite simple: used needle exchange
facilities and legalization for all
drugs. This may seem a drastic
measure but the reality is once you
legalize the problem it will reduce
bad drug habits, promote safe drug
creation, and use.
Having a needle exchange program
takes many dangers from doing hard
drugs and in some cases people
choose to no longer partake. Having
a positive interaction and safe facility
will promote return customers and
eventual decline in use especially if
it is legalized. Legalization will take
many of the other dangers many
people encounter with purchasing
the product. The product will be
regulated meeting certain criteria
making the drug safer and most
likely diluted for safer use if need be.
Most importantly drugs will be sold
in a safe environment.
Once the mysticism is unveiled
binge use will drastically decrease
–this is the same with alcohol. When
there is a hard limitation set many
even fear these substances. Enhanced
with the lack of parental interaction
and propaganda it’s clear to see
why binge drinking and overdoses
are so prevalent. Very few people
truly discuss important matters with
their children leaving it to schools
and aggressive ad campaigns.
Responsibility is everyone’s job
not the government or authorities.
Once people realize drug use is not

going to end and try to create a safe
environment for those who want to
partake the sooner the worse part
of drug use will end. The worst part
is consumption of substances with
little to no supervision, often little
knowledge on the safe and correct
manner to partake, often not a safe
nor clean local, many times it is a
stressful situation as there is always
the looming threat of being caught.
These are the worse parts of taking
illegal substances.
Any “fun” facility, which many
say they would enjoy attending,
would most likely go under quickly
as the demand is simply not there.
This digital age has many people
finding all the entertainment they
need in their hands at all times. A
response to the places after one
has attended I’m sure would be “it
was okay, but if we were high it
would be better!” This is obvious
when seeing the amount of people
in a “fun” location or based on the
price of admission. Not to say it’s
not possible to have a successful
business based on entertainment
simply these facilities will not curb
drug use to the extent many wish.
Thank you,
Camren Atkinson,
English Major
Dear Gracyn Richardson and
the City of Lewiston:
I strongly believe the Lewis-Clark
Valley could see a dramatic change in
drug use within the youth community
if a Community Recreational Center
were built. The Rec. Center could
consist of a large indoor court area
with four to six basketball hoops,
an outdoor basketball court, and an
outdoor sand volleyball court. The
center would offer a place for people
in the community to exercise, play
sports, have fun, and meet other
people with shared interests. The
Rec. Center would be free to the
public and could include a sign in
sheet that keeps track of increases
or decreases in attendance, which
may also give the LC Valley an idea
of the particular times of year the
youth are in need of something to
get them away from a drug infested

environment.
Because this Community
Recreational Center would be free
to the public for everyday use, the
Center could host tournaments and
require entry fees from teams or
individual players. This would be
an easy way for the center to gain
new members, as well as have a
subtle form of income. The center
could organize and host indoor and
outdoor basketball tournaments,
dodgeball tournaments, indoor wiffle
ball games or tournaments, and sand
and indoor volleyball tournaments.
Another amenity the center could
have is a renting service for balls
and equipment. These items can be
rented out for a small fee for those
who don’t have access to their own
equipment.
As a former college athlete I
know how powerful sports can be
as a persuasion away from the drug
world. I grew up in this area and have
seen how easy it can be for young
people to slip into lives of drugs
and alcohol, but having sports as
an outlet can be life changing. This
Community Recreational Center
will allow children, teens, young
adults, and other members of the
community to find hobbies, friends,
and distractions to keep them away
from a life of drugs.
The free entry and fun environment
of a Community Recreational Center
would be a great attraction for youth
to get involved in sports and hobbies
that keep them away from drugs,
and I personally know a large sum
of people, of all ages, constantly
looking for fun tournaments to play
in around the area, including myself,
so finding participants would be no
problem.
Sincerely,
Sydney Lawrence
Graphic design, Minor:
Communications major

Dear editor of The Pathfinder:
Although Lewiston, Idaho is a
beautiful town with much scenic
beauty and history behind it, there
is not much a teenager can do.
Lewiston is great for people who love
hunting and fishing, going camping,
or spending time on the river, but
think about all of the teens who
do not have access to those things
without their parents. In reality,
being a teenager in Lewiston can
be kind of hard. Most summers are
spent at home on the couch because
parents have to spend the day at
work and their children do not have
access to anything outside of the
house. I remember growing up and
before I had my driver’s license, I
would dread the summer days home
alone because it is not like I could
go anywhere and I had nothing to
occupy myself.
Those summer days spent being
bored and having nothing to do is
what leads to kids getting involved
in dangerous activities and drugs.
Lewiston has a high rate for drug
abuse and it has become a major
problem over the years. I believe
that this number could be drastically
reduced if kids had something
to do when they were bored that
prevented them from making those
bad decisions. Lewiston does
not have very many fun centers
where kids can go and just be kids.
Adding anything from an arcade to
even a waterpark or even a small
amusement park like Triple Play
would give kids something to look
forward to but also keep them
occupied and having fun. Adding
in this type of fun center would be
perfect for the age that does not go
today care anymore, but also does
not have a driver’s license and their

parents could just drop them off for a
few hours. Lewiston is a great town
for adults with many things to do,
but adding in these facilities for kids
would be ideal for the upcoming
youth and I believe could drastically
bring down the drug and crime rate.
Sincerely,
Julissa Delka
Freshman, Undeclared
Dear City of Lewiston and
Clarkson:
It’s not a secret that these towns
are small retirement towns with little
choices for activities for children
and adolescents. I personally grew
up here and one of the only activities
other than school sporting events, was
to drive around and listen to music
with friends. The skating rink has
been closed, the ice rink has limited
hours, and there is nothing else other
than parks. Naturally kids get bored
and this is when people are usually
introduced to things they shouldn’t
be doing. There’s nothing around
here that’s free other than a couple
youth groups and even then, not
everyone is religious. I’d love to see
a larger variety in clubs, not just 4H
as well as more school led activities.
I know it’s a lot to ask of teachers
and volunteers but if everyone
could take turns to host something
every weekend for students to do
games like capture the flag or have
bon fires, the chances of a child or
teenager being exposed to the wrong
crowd would slim dramatically. I
don’t think it would take much to
add a little variety to this valley, but
the problem is nobody wants it to be
their problem. Until someone steps
up, the cycle of drug abuse at an
early age will continue to increase.
Sincerely,

Kayla Purcell
Dear Editor:
I believe that a place where
people could dance or be active
but in a nostalgic way would be
something perfect for where I am
from: the San Juan Islands. I believe
that it would be a great escape for
a lot of young people on the island
because there are already plenty of
coffee shops and small boutiques
that we have been to countless
times. The San Juan Islands are
notorious for beautiful and scenic
hikes that highlight the oceans but
you can hike the same trails so many
times they start to lose their interest.
Some type of activity or center that
is nostalgic and only found on the
mainland would be a great addition
to the island atmosphere because it
would bring more excitement to the
community. Friday Harbor has a lot
of centers, activities and even stores
that are only geared towards tourists
and older people including art
galleries and museums. I know that
my friends and many others would
really enjoy something nostalgic
and active like a roller skating
or ice skating arena for example
because you would be transported
to a simpler time. I can recall many
joyous times as a young child where
I would go to the roller skating arena
and enjoy theme nights and skating
around for hours. Bringing this to a
community full of tired and bored
teenagers would really break up the
exhausting routine established on
the island.
Sincerely,
Hannah Van Every