Pubdate: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 Source: Province, The (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Postmedia Network Inc. Contact: http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/letters.html Website: http://www.theprovince.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/476 Author: Brian Marlatt STUPIDITY REINS The new crime legislation is stupid: arbitrary minimum sentences, the ineffectiveness of which the coattail draggers from the Conservative Party can't assess; prisons to the right of us, prisons before and behind, both a school for crime and a school for scandal; "anti-drug laws" that will treat teenage foolishness like drug trafficking. Where will they get the funds, all the while calling for deficit and debt reduction? Will they come from the same social services that reduce crime rates, the rates we know have been reducing crime incidence over the past 30 years? This is a stupid-on-crime legislation and not what we voted for. We didn't vote to bring an end to civil society, decency or justice. Brian Marlatt White Rock - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.