Pubdate: Tue, 23 Sep 2003
Source: Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA)
Copyright: 2003 Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
Author: Roger J. Lodge


This is in response to your Sept. 12 article on actor-comedian Tommy Chong 
being sentenced to prison for selling marijuana bongs and pipes. The first 
line of your story is a poor, out-of-context tease: "Actor-comedian Tommy 
Chong admits he had become the pot-smoking loser he once played in the 
movies. As a result, his freedom will go up in smoke ...."

Chong's complete quote is this: "I admit I did become that character for a 
while. I'm back to who I am."

I don't think it's funny to poke fun at pot-smokers. What I find less 
humorous is poor and distasteful attempts to attract attention to your 
article. Leave your opinions of marijuana use out of your journalism. Leave 
the comedy to the comedians (Tommy Chong).

Since the War on Drugs has proven itself to be a complete, money-sucking 
failure, must you now resort to the use of "put-downs" as the next 
deterrent? How about becoming a role model instead? It's cheaper and more 

Please leave "high-brow" editorializing away from balanced reporting.

Roger J. Lodge

Squirrel Hill
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