Pubdate: 19 May 2000
Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA)
Copyright: 2000 San Francisco Examiner
Author:  Jerry Sutliff


Donald Smith says that Nancy Reagan was ridiculed maliciously when she 
offered "just say no" as a solution to the drug problem ("For a 
conservative, it's all so simple," Opinion Page, May 17).

True enough, but her solution was misdirected because society can't "just 
say no." Only individuals can make that choice.

Had President Reagan and his friends followed Nancy Reagan's solution it 
its logical conclusion, they would have found that there was no drug 
problem and ended the war on drugs then and there.

Gerald Sutliff
Emeryville, California
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