Pubdate: Sun, 01 Dec 2002
Source: Daily Press (VA)
Copyright: 2002 The Daily Press
Author: Tamu Tucker
Bookmark: (Drug Courts)


Reference the Nov. 4 article on drug court funding, "Budget threatens gun, 
drug programs."

As one who has a family member involved in the Newport News Drug Court 
program, I am deeply concerned and angry that such a valuable program might 
be eliminated.

Finally we have something that actually works in treating substance abuse 
and our government is wiping it out. They tend to be focusing more on the 
roads than on people.

Does the Warner administration realize that they are setting Virginia back 
in time?

Sure, I know the money has to come from someplace, but why do those who 
need the most always get the least or end up paying the price for 
bureaucratic failure?

People in drug court are finally getting their lives together and are 
learning to live a normal life without drugs and crime. That ought to 
account for something.

I say cut something else, but save drug court programs.

If saving human lives does not matter, what does?

Tamu Tucker

Newport News
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