Pubdate: Tue, 10 Dec 2002
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)
Copyright: 2002 Lexington Herald-Leader
Author: Bill Harper
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)
Bookmark: (ONDCP Media Campaign)
Bookmark: (Terrorism)
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Ballot Initiatives)
Bookmark: (Bush, George)
Bookmark: (Incarceration)


Why do you publish more propaganda for the DARE program? The government 
already spends over $3 billion a year on anti-drug propaganda. Isn't that 
enough? DARE has been a failure, and studies have shown that drug use has 
increased among participants.

DARE is merely another big-government pork program that allows police to 
wander around a safe group of children instead of catching real criminals 
in dangerous situations.

President Bush says there are not enough government agents to track 
terrorism, immigration, anthrax and snipers. Yet we have enough police to 
waste time on youth-indoctrination programs? Every police hour spent inside 
the safety and comfort of a school is an hour that's not being spent 
looking for terrorists.

The failed drug war is merely an attempt to suppress marijuana. Last year 
in the United States, there were more than 700,000 citizens imprisoned for 

While 11 states have already voted to legalize medical marijuana, the 
government still ignores the will of the voters.

Enough big-government, pork-barrel spending. Keep propaganda out of our 
schools, and let the voters decide the marijuana issue. Put police on the 
street chasing real crime, instead of playing nanny at elementary schools.

Bill Harper, Lexington
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