Pubdate: Sun, 10 Jun 2012
Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB)
Copyright: 2012 The Edmonton Journal
Author: William Perry
Page A11


The federal government loves its hobby programs, especially anything
promoting its punitive approach. The expansion of power is facilitated
by the war on "fill in the blank," whereby citizens paralyzed with
fear, as propagated by would-be federal saviours, clamour for protection.

In the past century alone, we have had, at a minimum, wars on cancer,
crime, poverty and terror. After more than 40 years of the war on
drugs, an endless list of individuals have been jailed for possessing
drugs deemed illegal by government.

The involvement of "nannies" Stephen Harper and Vic Toews has led many
parents to abdicate their own responsibilities to the Conservative
government for regulation and enforcement. The burden of these
activities must be returned to individuals so they can suffer the

Drastic steps need to be taken to diminish the police state we live in
and ease the burden on taxpayers. Instead of more prisons, restore
individual liberties and control.

Controlled substances - especially marijuana - should be
decriminalized. And public funds should be directed away from more
police and prisons and reinvested in attacking the root problems.
These steps would do far more to end the drug problem than any law,
bureaucrat or multibillion dollar program could ever dream of doing.

William Perry,

Victoria, B.C
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