April 30, 1992
TO THE EDITOR:
I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you and your readers know that on behalf of myself and the Narconon Chilocco staff, clients and counselor trainees I really appreciate the objectivity that your paper has exercised in the coverage of the Narconon issue.
Narconon has never had a problem with addressing questions and/or concerns someone may have about the organization. We also welcome constructive input from anyone who is truly committed to solving the drug and alcohol problems we are faced with as a society.
In all the proceedings in Narconon's two year plus pursuit of certification all we ever wanted was to be treated equally and have a level playing field. The Oklahoman has created such an atmosphere and I appreciate that greatly.
My hope is that when the Narconon issue is finally resolved those of us that are involved on both sides of the controversy learn something that will benefit other treatment programs that set up in Oklahoma in the future; and ultimately bring about improvements that will affect a larger number of individuals seeking help for substance abuse problems.
Gary W. Smith, President,
New Life Center