Pubdate: Fri, 30 Mar 2001
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Copyright: 2001 The Sun-Times Co.
Author: Paul Wheeler


The drug war continues to rack up its absurd body count. An innocent child 
is killed in a gang-related firebombing, a hardworking cop is murdered by 
drug-pushing gang members, and politicians swear tougher action. In truth, 
their actions couldn't possibly be tougher than sacrificing impoverished 
communities and innocent lives in order to harvest a handful more of 
conservative votes.

Innocent people are dying, gang violence is continually well-financed, and 
the addicted are cast as hardened criminals in this preposterous ideology 
of good and evil. Every drug-related crime or death is almost certainly 
related to this failed drug policy. And the politicians and policymakers 
are the ones pulling the trigger.

Paul Wheeler, Willow Springs
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