Pubdate: Mon, 06 Nov 2000
Date: 11/06/2000
Source: Springfield News-Leader (MO)
Author: Rick Root

I must applaud the commentary of Deborah J. Good in addressing the
failure and negative ramifications of the war on drugs (Nov. 2).

Contrary to what its supporters would have us believe, our children
have a much higher chance of slipping into a life controlled by
illicit drugs because of prohibition than if drugs were decriminalized
and regulated as are alcohol and prescription drugs.

There aren't people down at the schoolyards trying to push these legal
substances off on our children.

No, they're out taking advantage of the economy afforded them by the
black-market for drugs, a government sponsored monopoly. Consider also
that this black market and its temptation of fast and easy money has
taken many youngsters who see a faster way to economic success than
through getting an education and working hard. One of the failures of
the DARE program is that it teaches kids about this available economy.

Good asks a very important question: Is this war worth the cost, both
human and financial? The answer is quite simple. Regardless of the
costs, those who profit from the tens of billions of dollars spent
annually fighting this unwinnable war will always find the rhetoric to
sway support.

Rick Root,
Westminster, CA