Pubdate: Mon, 26 Aug 2002
Source: Tribune Review (PA)
Copyright: 2002 Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
Author: David P. Shreiner


I fully agree with the Trib's support for selling Pennsylvania's liquor 
stores to private enterprise ("Moral duplicity," editorial, Aug. 22).

You expressed knowledge of Prohibition, which clearly did not work when 
tried in the early 20th century.

Surely it is not a far jump to see the parallels between Prohibition and 
the more recent prohibition of other recreational drugs. The so- called 
"war against drugs" is an abysmal failure, just as was alcohol Prohibition.

The drug war promotes the criminal element and causes more murder and waste 
of public money than anything else. I hope the Trib will see this obvious 
fact and begin to reflect this point of view.

Alcohol is no less dangerous than many other drugs. If its use can be 
controlled by laws, then the same could be done with other drugs.

David P. Shreiner

Franklin Park
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