For the same reason the Smeltzers asked you to vote against Stacy Parks Miller for district attorney, I urge you to keep her in office.
I also lost my only child to an overdose. He was four weeks clean; determined to quit. He — innately reluctant to share any information about himself — came out to friends, grandparents and me. An unfortunate event pushed him into such pain he relapsed.
Max died not from a weakness of will, but rather a dose of heroin cut with Fentanyl — nearly always fatal. The provider is still at-large.
Victims have rights to influence sentencing in all cases. I do not fault the Smeltzers’ choice. However, I believe our current DA is the right choice if we want to curtail the drug industry in Centre County.
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Stacy Parks Miller cares. She has generously given of herself to hear my story. Parks Miller is on the frontline, combating opioid/opiate abuse. She spearheaded the “drug court” that will assist certain offenders toward treatment rather than prosecution. She is instrumental in the HOPE initiative promoting public knowledge/resources assisting users, potential users, schools, families and friends. Parks Miller is knowledgeable and motivated to lessen the flow of drugs into our area — why should we lose momentum with an inexperienced person?
I fervently urge you to vote for DA Stacy Parks Miller. Otherwise, who knows if my son’s case will ever come to a close? That prospect is something I could not bear.
Karen Andrus-Smith, Snow Shoe