Pubdate: Tue, 09 Jan 2001
Source: Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY)
Copyright: 2001 St. Lawrence County Newspapers Corp
Address: P.O. Box 409, Ogdensburg, New York 13669
Authors: Lee Monnet, Joanne Monnet
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Dear Editor;

It was a pleasant surprise to read the Ogdensburg Journal s January 4, 2001 
article "Pataki Urges Drug Law Reform". Finally a prominent New York 
politician has admitted the Rockefeller Drug Laws are "out of step with 
both the times and the complexities of drug addiction". A person found 
guilty under the current drug laws can face a sentence longer than someone 
convicted of second degree murder, rape, or child molestation.

I wonder if the editor of the Ogdensburg Journal will label Governor Pataki 
a pro drug use person as he has members of the group ReconsiDer: A forum on 
drug policy.

Over the past few years members of ReconsiDer have been labeled "pro drug 
use people" by the editor for their stance against the draconian drug laws 
and, most recently when ReconsiDer members praised Attorney Charlie Gardner 
for speaking out against the laws in St. Lawrence County Court.

Governor Pataki joins a growing number of prominent people who realize the 
war on drugs is a dismal failure. People like Governor Gary Johnson (R) New 
Mexico, Governor Jesse Ventura (I) Minnesota, League of Women Voters, and 
the Catholic Conference.

This is a progressive step for the State of New York and its been a long 
time coming.

Lee Monnet  Ogdensburg, NY


Dear Editor;

Congratulations to Governor Pataki for promising to introduce legislation 
to "dramatically reform New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws". In the January 
4, 2001 article " Pataki urges drug law reform". Governor Pataki joins a 
growing number of people who are critical of the harsh drug laws, the 
League of Women Voters, The Catholic Conference, and even some of the 
conservative republicans who helped draft the drug laws.

Over the last few years ReconsiDer: A forum on drug policy has been seeking 
local discussion on the failure of these laws only to be criticized by the 
Ogdensburg Journal and some city and county legislators. Now that Governor 
Pataki has made his views public we hope that an open and civil discussion 
might be possible with our local representatives.

Joanne Monnet Ogdensburg, NY
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