Pubdate: Sun, 04 Feb 2001
Source: Watertown Daily Times (NY)
Copyright: 2001 Watertown Daily Times
Contact:  260 Washington Street, Watertown NY 13601-3364
Fax: (315) 782-1040
Author: Joanne Monnet


I have a hard time understanding the true meaning of this drug war against 
the people. How can President Clinton pardon his own brother Roger Clinton 
from a convicted felony drug charge.

Yet, he will send 1.3 billion of our tax paying dollars to eradicate the 
coca leaf from Columbia as a civil war is slowly developing. I find it 
sends a mixed message and its hypocritical.

There are a lot of people out there who feel this drug war is a failure. 
Just to name a few; Governor Gary Johnson (R) New Mexico, Ethan Nadelman, 
Director of the Lindesmith Institute, and Dr. Gene Tenelli, Addiction 
Psychiatrist, SUNY.

These people make a lot of sense when it comes to the realization of this 
war, the one of many things they share in common is that it's time for a 
change. Our Government has fought this never ending war for years with many 
lives taken and much money spent.

I am afraid of what changes our new President has in store for us. I hope 
President Bush, Congress, and all other politicians whether local or 
national take the time to listen to the growing movement of people 
questioning the direction of the Drug War.

Joanne Monnet  Ogdensburg, NY
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