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posted Jan 10, 2017, 11:03 AM by Chris Guerette
The Margaret Chase Smith Library has announced the topic of it's 21st annual essay contest.

"When Margaret Chase Smith was young, attitudes toward drugs and alcohol were more permissive than today.  Her husband, Clyde Smith, was prescribed cocaine and handed out "Vote for Smith" cigarettes as campaign souvenirs.  On the other hand, as the sheriff of Somerset County, he enforced temperance laws.  By the 1950's Senator Margaret Chase Smith was warning about "dope peddlers" and calling for a "crusade against this evil crime."  Since the 1980's the nation has waged a war on substance abuse, with results that have been as problematic as the Prohibition crusade of the 1920's."

The essay topic is "How Would You Address the Current Lethal Drug Epidemic?" 

Open to HS Seniors, essays must be double spaced, electronic submissions are acceptable.  No longer than 2000 words.

$1000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd and $250 for 3rd.  There will also be 5 $50 Honorable Mention prizes.

Deadline is April 01, 2017.

See Guidance for more details  or go to Margaret Chase Smith Library