Pubdate: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 Source: Bay City Times, The (MI) Copyright: 2011 The Bay City Times Contact: http://www.mlive.com/mailforms/bctimes/letters/index.ssf/ Website: http://www.mlive.com/bay-city/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1453 Author: Howard Wooldridge Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n720/a02.html BAYANET IS A HORRIFIC WASTE OF MONEY Regarding the editorial "Bay City attorney's broadside on BAYANET gets professional reply, but no formal debate:" Writing as a retired detective, BAYANET is a horrific waste of tax dollars, both federal "free" money and Michigan residents'. We taxpayers must pay the $30,000 per year to lock up those arrested by my colleagues. The feds are $15 trillion in the red, in case anybody cares. After 40 years of Drug War and a trillion tax dollars spent, drugs are cheaper, stronger and readily available to Michigan residents young and old. We know that every drug dealer arrested is quickly replaced. Due to my experience as a street cop, these illegal drugs, even marijuana, are too dangerous to leave in the control of criminals and teens. They should be brought under the control of Lansing, like we do with alcohol and tobacco products. Howard Wooldridge LeRoy - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.