Pubdate: Sat, 09 Dec 2000
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 2000 The Sacramento Bee
Contact:  P.O.Box 15779, Sacramento CA 95852
Authors : Valeri Kennedy, Janice Bonser, Greg Patton, John R. Marshall


The Dec. 3 article "No roadblock for liberty" cites the two most important 
questions in our so-called drug wars: Where do we draw the line on 
infringement of our constitutionally-guaranteed personal liberties; and 
what were the intentions of our Founding Fathers when they drafted the laws 
of our land?

A look at paragraph two of our Declaration of Independence clearly answers 
both questions: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are 
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain 
unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of 

Our "drug wars" have created a situation whereby your liberty is taken, 
often for life, because of your choice of pursuit of happiness. The line of 
infringement into our personal liberties was crossed a long time ago.

Valeri Kennedy, West Sacramento

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Re "Greenhouse solution," letter, Nov. 27: The person who recommended 
breathing less to help restore the ozone layer sounds helpless about man 
ever changing to a less selfish lifestyle. Our cars and practically all of 
our motors run on fuel that pollutes our planet. Our paper and our building 
materials come from trees.

Hemp is a viable alternative. Hemp fuel is cheaper than petroleum fuel, 
does not pollute and cannot be monopolized. While the Supreme Court wonders 
about the medical value of marijuana, there is no wonder about hemp's 
industrial value. Unfortunately, a war of ignorance is being waged against it.

Hemp is hope, not dope.

Janice Bonser, Carmichael

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Re "Actor's drug relapse no surprise to experts," Nov. 29: Robert Downey 
Jr.'s relapse may be no surprise to the "experts" of drug rehab, but he 
didn't relapse because of genetics. He went back to drugs only because he 
was treated with failed and unworkable psychiatric rehab technology.

Yet, rather than fix the programs, the people in charge of them justify 
their failures by labeling the condition as a genetic brain disease, and by 
claiming that addicts can never be cured. What other industry could explain 
away its failures by blaming the customer?

Greg Patton, Carmichael

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Re "Deputy enters plea in steroids case," Nov. 30: While these deputies 
should be allowed to complete a substance-abuse program, they should no 
longer work as deputies.

What these men did was illegal. To allow them back into service would send 
the message out that it's OK for some to use controlled substances and 
syringes, but others will be punished.

It's bad enough that sworn officers would break the law with the illegal 
use of steroids, but the use of hypodermic syringes constitutes a health 
risk to the officers, their families and officers and people they may come 
in contact with.

John R. Marshall, Citrus Heights
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