To the editor:

Utah PTA has been involved in alcohol and other drug issues for many years. Several resolutions have been adopted by our delegates that address the sale, regulation, advertising, etc. of alcoholic beverages. We are especially concerned about the harmful effects of alcohol on young lives.Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of abuse in the United States. Seven million children are affected by family alcoholism and other drug addiction. Every week, 100,000 elementary children get drunk.

We have seen the devastation alcohol has caused. Therefore, Utah PTA applauds the commitment of KSL-TV to remove all alcohol advertising from local programming. This is a difficult decision for those involved in the business of making a profit. The courage and commitment of KSL is worthy of emulation.

Pat Hales

President, Utah PTA