Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jun 1997 Source: Skagit Valley Herald (WA) Author: Mark Greer Lt. Gov. Brad Owen needs to reread the Constitution. Our founding fathers specifically precluded using the military against its own citizens and there are excellent reasons for these prudent laws. Owen is laboring under the misguided assumption that, since prohibition of drugs has been such a dismal failure, we should erode Constitutional law so that we can do more of it. It is just this kind of oddball rationale that has caused us to waste over $1 trillion on the drug war, ruin our criminal-justice system, and destroy our economy. Meanwhile any 8-year-old can score a bag of weed. It simply amazes me that our country puts such people in positions of power. What does it take to convince our "leaders" that prohibition doesn't work? Over 30 percent of African-American males aged 20-30 are under criminal-justice supervision. What would Owen consider winning? One hundred percent perhaps? We need to work toward electing people who can do more than parrot tired drug-war rhetoric and begin looking at alternatives to our failed policies of prohibition. We must begin to get some real control over drug distribution and profits. We don't do that by allowing street dealers to be the only ones making the rules or by sicking the military on our citizens. Mark Greer Porterville, Calif.