Pubdate: Thu, 13 Nov 2003
Source: Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX)
Copyright: 2003 The E.W. Scripps Co.
Author: Matthew Hulett


Susan Mansur Bahr writes to your paper, "... there is a huge difference 
between someone who uses drugs to ease physical pain and someone using 
cocaine or meth to get high." Really? In what sense?

Both use the drugs compulsively. Both break the law. One relieves a 
physical pain; one relieves a psychological pain. Both get "high."

So, what is the difference? Indeed, does she really trust a compulsive 
addict like Rush to tell her the truth when he has lied to and deceived 
even his wife for so long? Maybe, just maybe, he liked the "high," the way 
in which it altered his consciousness. That would appear to be the key 
difference for illogical fanatics.

"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those of 
heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery 
no more." (Prov. 31:6-7)

Matthew Hulett

Brick, N.J.