By Dana Payne
This message is for everyone who is willing to take the time to read it.
I am the mom of Kimmy Payne. If you’ve read the papers lately, you know who she is — but you may not know me.
I chose to believe my daughter was doing fine. I chose to believe her lies. Now you know where that got us.
For a long time now, I’ve been seeing a dark cloud over me. I’ve talked to my pastor and my friends, and they seem to have some dark clouds as well.
I believe my dark cloud — as well as a lot of Homer’s dark clouds — are drug related. I would really like it if parents would listen to people who know about drugs and would take the time to go to programs offered by groups trying to educate us, as parents, relatives, friends and neighbors.
Everyone in Homer should be willing to learn more about the mess we’re all in. Let’s clean up Homer and reach for a better tomorrow for all our children.
The first thing Kim and I were told was for her to get clean, stay clean and change her friends. Well, I say let’s try to help her friends as well. That way, there will be more change for her and her friends, so they can all get better themselves.
There seems to be a walk-a-thon for almost everything. Maybe we should start a walk-a-thon for a “Get Clean, Get Off Drugs” campaign in Homer. Let these kids and others know we care, and that we want to help. We want Homer back to the old clean little Hamlet by the Sea.
Join CARE: Communities Against Rx (drugs) Everywhere.
Dana Payne is a Homer resident.
Editor’s note: Kimberly Elsie Jean Payne, 20, was recently charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance, theft in the second/third degree, forgery and fraudulent use of an access device.
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