Pubdate: Wed, 04 Sep 2002
Source: Erie Times-News (PA)
Copyright: 2002 Erie Times-News
Author:   Kirk Muse


Thanks for publishing Robert Sharpe's outstanding letter: "Drug War 
Disdained" (8-26-02).  I'd like to add that our counterproductive drug war 
has been a colossal waste of our tax money.

In 1969 the federal drug enforcement budget was $65 million. This year it's 
$19.2 billion.  A 295 fold increase.  If the 1969 price of gas of 34 cents 
per gallon had risen at the same rate, we would now be paying greater than 
$100.00 for a gallon of gasoline.

The net result: anybody who wants drugs can still get them. Just as easily 
as in 1969.

It's time to end this insanity.  It's time to do something 
different--substantially different.

Kirk Muse, Mesa, AZ
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