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I am compelled to write after Linda's latest piece, "Stoned Love" (Aug. 14). I have been moved so often by her compassionate journaling as she openly struggles with drug culture issues. The first piece I remember reading was the one about the tweeker shooting permit ("What We Talk About When We Talk About Meth," Jan. 30). I am a retired school social worker and thought she portrayed the addicted person with such sensitivity and honesty. Although aware of the terrible damage drugs do to individuals and families, she still strives to report with compassion and understanding of a very difficult problem, hoping I think to help people understand the complexity of it all. As with most social problems, it is hard to describe simply.

"Stoned love" was so profoundly moving for all sorts of reasons. There is such depth to what she writes and I am very thankful she shares that with us. I think probably it is her very personal perspective that moves me in all that she writes. She is a terrific writer with a great gift. The Journal and the rest of us are lucky to have her.

Barbara Brimlow, McKinleyville

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