Pubdate: Tue, 21 Oct 2008
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2008 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Herb Bjarnason
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor


Re: 'Far from settled,' Tom Brodbeck, Oct. 19.

Why does a person's political leanings determine how they approach
everyday situations?

Is it logical to have drug-addicted people use and share needles,
spread HIV and hepatitis C, or use safe-injection kits to prevent the
spread of disease? A right-winger opposes the idea of safe-injection
sites; the left-winger endorses the idea. Each trots out studies to
reinforce his prejudices, and downplays those that don't. In my
opinion the left-wingers really care about the addicts; the
right-wingers only want to score political points by being "tough on
crime." Which produces better results, punishment or common sense and

Herb Bjarnason


(Tom was able to "needle" you.)
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