Pubdate: Tue, 17 Jul 2001
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
Copyright: 2001 Richmond Newspapers Inc.
Section: Style Weekly
Author: Paul Miller


Thank you for your article about Gary Reams and his campaign for lieutenant 
governor. I've been wondering when we would start getting candidates who 
weren't afraid to touch this issue. I'm glad it's now -- the drug war is 
just causing too much damage for no return.

I have a 3-year-old who by definition will be a teen-ager in 10 years. I'm 
anxious to know who will be selling these substances then -- legal, 
responsible retailers or organized crime. To me, it's that simple. Legal 
retailers don't gun each other down over sales territory. They don't 
recruit new employees from among school kids. They do card, and abide by 
other marketing restrictions society may seem fit to impose.

If you see [political analyst] Larry Sabato hanging around your office 
anytime soon, you can tell him that I for one am registered to vote and 
plan to be at the polls this November.

Paul Miller
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