I am writing in response to the February 10th issue of the Review. The front page and Letters to the Editor were loaded with support for accused meth lab operator, Eric Herron, and endless stories of his life’s hardships. I couldn’t help but laugh, as all criminals have a sob story to tell. Even Charles Manson had a pathetic past. And I can’t help but wonder where this support system was when this man “fell in with the wrong crowd”? Everyone wants to blame someone or something else for Eric sitting in jail on drug charges. The hardships they mention sound pretty much like life in general to me. It’s not uncommon for anyone to go through a divorce or have a car repossessed. It happens every day. And probably more than half the population suffers from depression or anxiety.
I’ve went through all of that, and then some. I was abused in every possible way as a child. I was abandoned by my mother for the 5th and final time at the age of 15 and have been on my own ever since, and I’m now 50. I survived two major car accidents, one with a train, the other a roll-over accident on the freeway in a convertible, both with drunk parents behind the wheel. I’ve went without food and I’ve went without shelter.
I managed to graduate high school with my class, with honors. I married, had two kids and one miscarriage. I went through an ugly divorce after 12 years and struggled to have child support enforced. I was stressed raising two girls on my own, maintaining a home and 3 acres on my own and working full time, plus odd jobs to make ends meet. During this divorce I had a car repossessed, filed bankruptcy and I nearly lost my home to foreclosure. I’ve had 11 surgeries. I survived a brain tumor, brain surgery and radiation which has left me disabled with endocrine disorders and autoimmune disorders, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, bone spurs, and fibromyalgia.
Naturally all of this hardship throughout my life has also caused anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. We’re always broke before payday just like half of America, because of the overwhelming costs of the prescriptions that keep me alive. But I know there are many people out there who have it much worse than me, and they’re not cooking meth! Hardships happen to everyone, and it can’t be used as an excuse to break the law. It’s all about the choices you make.
I am a law-abiding citizen. I CHOOSE not to associate with druggies. I CHOOSE not to cook up chemicals and sell them for a profit, while ruining the lives of and creating even more addicts. Meth is the most addicting drug there is and ruins the lives of everyone who touches it. The jails and prisons are full of people who have had misfortunes in their lives. But it is the CHOICES they made that put them where they belong, not the events of their lives. My life was rough, but I’m not out robbing banks so I can pay for my medications, or scamming the welfare system, or cooking up meth. Mr. Herron CHOSE to become involved with drugs, just like every other meth chef and/or dealer out there, and needs to be punished just the same as all the others before him. No sympathy from this citizen, and kudos to the Clare County Sheriff’s Department for putting this man out of business! Do the crime, serve the time!