Pubdate: Thu, 23 Mar 2000
Date: 03/23/2000
Source: Washington Times (DC)
Author: Ellen Herndon Atkins
Authors:  Ellen Herndon Atkins
Note: Title supplied by MAP editor

I agree with Arianna Huffington when she says the plan to spend $1.7
billion on so-called drug-war aid to Colombia is "nuts" ("Latest
priority in drug war," Commentary, March 15). Why isn't the U.S.
government making more of an effort to aid the millions of addicts who
aren't receiving treatment?

The aid package won't make drugs disappear from the United States, or
Colombia for that matter.

I'm an American taxpayer who will receive no benefit from this bill.
It appears that this is an attractive plan to a few corporate
profiteers and government officials in both countries.

I think it is disgusting that the Clinton administration chooses to
bundle this aid as part of a larger emergency-spending package that
includes military health care and relief from natural disasters such
as Hurricane Floyd. This isn't about drug-war aid or caring about
people, it's about already rich people getting richer.

Mineral, Va.