Pubdate: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Copyright: 2011 The Edmonton Journal Contact: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor.html Website: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/134 Author: Harry MacKendrick PROHIBITION WOULD FAIL AGAIN Re: "Stop love affair with booze," by Warren Kew, Letters, Oct. 2. Warren Kew's argument for alcohol prohibition is hugely flawed and ignores some very harsh lessons society has learned. Prohibition of alcohol has never worked and will only cause more problems. A smoking ban, as in "please indulge your habit a few metres away," is not prohibition of tobacco consumption; there is almost no comparison to the impact on the smoker of such a bylaw compared to an outright ban. By Kew's own admission people do drugs. Has he not heard of the war on drugs raging on this continent as we try to prohibit the consumption of certain substances, and of the colossal cost and current failure of that prohibition? The lessons learned from the ill-fated prohibition era of the 1920s need not be found in history books. There are hundreds of movies and TV shows graphically illustrating what happened the last time that was tried. No one could ignore that message. Even the act of curtailing certain merchants' hours in select areas of the city would meet with a public outcry of rights being trampled. Yes, it is true the price of alcohol abuse in our society is a great deal of money and misery, but prohibition is not a solution to this problem. Harry MacKendrick Edmonton - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.