Pubdate: Thu, 06 Sep 2001
Source: Abbotsford News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 Hacker Press Ltd.
Author: James Murray


Editor, The News:

As a heartless, taxpaying citizen of British Columbia, Canada, I would like 
to ask Matt Tyson of Portland, Ore. what right he has to tell me, or any 
other Canadian taxpayer, how our dollars should be spent ('We should lend 
hand to all people,' Opinion, Sept. 1)?

As I stated in my previous letter, drug addiction is a self-imposed affliction.

Why, then, should I and other taxpayers pay to help make the habit more 

Who said that drug users should be imprisoned? I didn't.

However, it may be to their benefit if they were given a ticket to Oregon, 
where I'm sure Mr. Tyson would be happy to help them make their addiction 
more pleasant.

Those who sell drugs are another matter.

If they have emigrated to Canada in the last 10 years, then send them back 
to where they came from. A claim of refugee status would be unacceptable. 
Those who have been in Canada longer than 10 years who are found guilty of 
growing, selling or in any way dealing in drugs should get a minimum 
25-year sentence - or a ticket to Portland.

James Murray
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