Pubdate: Sun, 11 Jun 2000
Source: Times Record News (TX)
Copyright: 2000 The E.W. Scripps Co.
Contact:  1301 Lamar, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Fax: 940/767-1741
Author: W.H. Payne


So, drug use among teens is up again. Sad - isn't it? - the war on drugs is
still failing.

Imagine for a moment what America would be like if all that money and effort
were instead applied to a war on crime. Instead of punishing drug use, we
could punish murder, rape, child abuse - even crimes such as vandalism and
petty theft. Can you imagine reporting the loss of your car's tape deck, and
the police having the time to investigate it and arrest the thief? We could
live in a virtually crime-free environment.

But, no - we'll continue spending billions of dollars hoping to prevent
people from doing something stupid to themselves.

W.H. Payne, Wichita Falls, via e-mail
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