Dear Pres­i­dent,

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - THE LETTER I WISH I’D SENT -

HOP­ING this finds you well and that you are as en­thu­si­as­tic as ever in the on­go­ing strug­gle to help our young peo­ple to cope with life to­day. (Yes, as usual, I have a favour to ask.)

Young peo­ple are like stars in the fir­ma­ment, so nu­mer­ous, so anx­ious to take the right road, so long­ing to com­mu­ni­cate.

I ask you to open up a tiny door which might help some­one to meet their prob­lems in a quiet and con­fi­den­tial way. My pro­posal is that you inau­gu­rate a Fam­ily Let­ter Writ­ing Day. For ex­am­ple, dad writes to son, mom to daugh­ter, even grand­dad, un­cles, baby to dolly, etc. How about De­cem­ber 1? Re­mem­ber, many a tragedy can be avoided if there is a lit­tle prior knowl­edge. And a Fam­ily Let­ter Writ­ing Day might be a help. Thanks and best wishes. Ben Ryan Duleek, Co Meath

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