Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jun 1997
Source: Skagit Valley Herald (WA)
Author: Tom Hawkins

Guard is to protect citizens

I see Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is at it again. It wasn't enough for him to be
printed statewide, ranting against Dr. Killian's medical marijuana
initiative. Now he is crying about the proposed cuts in using the
National Guard against American citizens.

Unlike our prohibitionist lieutenant governor, I am glad that cuts are
being made in the use of our National Guard in the drug war. National
Guard resources are meant for protecting the citizenry, not
fighting them. History shows that when the Guard is turned against
Americans, it often ends up a horrible tragedy.

When will Owen realize that attacking people in the name of the war on
drugs is wrong? Enough, Lt. Gov. Owen! The people are tired of war lust.

Tom G. Hawkins

Grand Coulee