Pubdate: Wed, 07 Dec 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: Ron Charach, MD. PUT FOOT DOWN ON PRISONS Re: "City stance on prisons is illogical," Opinion, Dec. 3. Good for Mayor Stephen Mandel for standing up to the Harper government's parliamentary dictatorship and refusing to build more prison cells in Edmonton. This may be seen as a NIMBY approach, but it is, more importantly, a statement against Harper's relentless drive to incarcerate a higher number of Canadians, even at a time when the crime rate has been steadily declining. It's not enough for men such as Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to proclaim "we don't govern based on statistics," nor for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to return gun lobby favours by treating Sturm, Ruger rifles like they were duck-hunting guns. Tough on crime, soft on guns makes no more sense than a new war on soft drugs. Ron Charach, MD, Toronto, Ont. - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.