Pubdate: Fri, 29 Mar 2002
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Authors: Nathan Durbin, Icek Mozes
Alert: It Is Not OK To Evict Granny


The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on evicting people from public housing -- 
for knowing or being related to people who are caught with or using drugs 
- -- is outrageous. While in no way solving the drug problem, it punishes the 
poor and elderly with an unjust system. If we're going to enforce this, 
then evict President Bush from our public White House because of his 
daughters' underage drinking. Let's be consistent.

Nathan Durbin, Oakland

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In the Middle East, if a self-declared enemy of Israel plants a bomb, blows 
himself up, or otherwise manages to kill Israeli citizens, the authorities 
are likely to come and bulldoze his family's home. Now, in the United 
States, if a person with relatives in public housing is found using drugs, 
the authorities are likely to come and evict his family. In both cases, the 
"perpetrator's" family ends up on the street. For which offense is the 
government's response too harsh?

Icek Mozes, San Francisco 
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