Pubdate: Sun, 01 Apr 2007
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2007 Madison Newspapers, Inc.
Author: Andrew Cramer


In a Sunday Forum column, Kenneth W. Starr states "illegal drugs and 
the glorification of the drug culture are profoundly serious problems 
for our nation."

It is legal for businesses to sell bongs because the intent is to 
inhale tobacco smoke. There is no direct reference to the use of 
illegal drugs on the banner "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." No matter what 
connection Starr made between "bong" and "marijuana," it is not a 
legal connection. I think Starr is playing with people's emotions and 
social awareness that drugs are bad.

Also, public schools are going too far. These are government-funded 
facilities; why do they think that the Bill of Rights does not apply to them?

They may have a mission of education, but shouldn't the more 
important mission be that of teaching us our rights as American 
citizens? If we are legally obligated to attend school and our rights 
are not respected during that time, what kind of message are we 
getting about how to handle our opinions?

Is the Bill of Rights just a list that we are to memorize for tests 
and that doesn't apply to our everyday lives?

Andrew Cramer, Mount Horeb 
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