Pubdate: Fri, 06 Apr 2001
Source: Tampa Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2001, The Tribune Co.
Author: Amanda Jones


Robert Sharpe is wise, and our nation should heed his words when he 
says, ``Alcohol, incidentally, causes the greatest number of and the 
most severe birth defects. It kills more people annually than all 
illegal drugs combined. If health outcomes determined drug laws 
instead of cultural norms, alcohol and tobacco would both be illegal, 
and marijuana, a relatively harmless drug, would not. It's time to 
declare peace in the failed drug war and start treating all substance 
abuse, legal or otherwise, as the public health problem it is'' 
(Letters, April 2).

Trouble is, wisdom doesn't run this country. Greed does. The drug war 
is a moneymaker for too many people.

God help us!

Amanda Jones
Sulphur Springs, Texas
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