My letter is in reference to an article in the July 8 Gazette about a case in the Absarokee death.
The Chief Deputy Stillwater County Attorney Nancy L. Rohde states: “The underlying problem here is that there was alcohol and drugs freely flowing at Absarokee Days when this occurred."
So now I wonder, was the chief deputy county attorney in attendance at Absarokee Days? Did she witness the alcohol and drugs freely flowing? Did she call on the Stillwater County Sheriff's Department to intervene in this activity? Is this factual, or just what she heard?
Absarokee Days is an annual celebration that has been happening in Absarokee for many years. It is a time for class reunions, family reunions, tournaments and many other activities enjoyed by the community. It is sponsored by the PTA as a fundraiser. There is always alcohol consumption at these types of functions just like rodeos and other summer events. I don't believe there is any more drinking here than in any other community. I also do not believe that there are any more drugs present here than in other communities. But, if I am wrong and there are more drugs prevalent in this area than others, then I wonder why we have not had more law enforcement present to take care of this problem.
I do not like the fact that our community and our annual event have been labeled as an alcohol and free drug event when, in fact, it is a very social and friendly event which had a very tragic ending last year.