Pubdate: Mon, 30 Oct 2000
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2000 Los Angeles Times
Contact:  Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053
Fax: (213) 237-7679
Author: Christian F. Hokenson


In regard to its endorsement of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
(editorial, Oct. 25) for reelection, The Times misses the point 
dramatically when it states that the war on drugs is not a central issue to 
most Californians and, therefore, Rep. Tom Campbell is "off point."

Our government's efforts to enact repressive drug laws have caused law 
enforcement officials to become paramilitary wings of the federal 
government and have caused the death and incarceration of innocents. It's 
time to get a policy that rehabilitates addicts while avoiding costly 
incarceration and leads our country away from a policy of direct 
interaction in dirty South American civil wars we have no business financing.

A vote for Feinstein (a drug war supporter) is a vote to continue the 
enormously damaging war on drugs. Campbell is the candidate of reform and 
moderation, an individual who mirrors Californians' often progressive views 
on social issues.

Christian F. Hokenson, Burbank 
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