Editorial: Focus on solutions, not statements

Friday, August 11, 2017

President Donald Trump grabbed headlines late last week after a leaked transcript of his conversation with Mexico’s president became public in which he called New Hampshire a “drug-infested den.”

The Washington Post published the president's conversation on Thursday, revealing the comment he made in a phone conversation back in January.

“We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” Trump said, according to the article. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”

Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, both Democrats, shot back at the comment on their social media accounts after the conversation was made public.

Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, also issued a statement calling the president’s remarks “wrong.”

“The president is wrong. It’s disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer,” Sununu said in a statement.

Mary Drew, CEO of Reality Check (a nonprofit which offers drug treatment and recovery services), said Trump’s comments “do not come as a shock.”

“That we have a problem is not news to the people living in NH, living in the epidemic or to those trying to combat it,” Drew said in an email to the Ledger-Transcript.

Drew said rather than focusing on the president’s statement, the state needs to focus on what needs to be done now at the community and state level. We agree. The truth in the President's comment is that New Hampshire has a massive drug problem. The good news is that we're not just a state with a drug problem. We're a state filled with bright minds and passionate advocates working together to find solutions.