Pubdate: Sat, 23 Feb 2002
Source: Wilmington Morning Star (NC)
Copyright: 2002 Wilmington Morning Star
Author: Dorothy Nesbitt


Everyone should read the headlines of Feb. 4, on the front page of the 
Morning Star: "U.S. forces sifting through debris from missile attack." 
"Cost of criminal justice system rising steadily." "TAPS time is running 
out." "Bush blazes trail on arms strategy."

The first and last go together. The second and third emphasize our 
priorities. A successful program to cure AIDS is dropped. This area 
continues to spend fortunes on the incarceration of drug offenders, who are 
only a menace to themselves, and does not spend money for the 
rehabilitation of drug offenders and very little for the prevention of drug 
abuse. ...

The United States, as the most powerful nation on earth, should be the 
leader, not of an arms race, but of a way of life that celebrates human 
life, not destroys it.

Dorothy Nesbitt, Wrightsville Beach
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