Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jun 1997 Source: Skagit Valley Herald (WA) Author: Clark Battle It worked so well in the past I salute Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's efforts to keep the National Guard well-funded for imprisoning drug users. Indeed, the current budget may not be enough to achieve a drug-free nation. The prevalence of drug use inside of maximum-security prisons proves that even armed guards, barbed wire, checkpoints, and random searches are not enough to keep drugs at bay. In order to protect our children from the scourge of drugs we need to fund and encourage our police/military to crack down on us even tougher. Do away with cumbersome trials by compassionate juries and make possession a capital offense, like Newt Gingrich has suggested. Although this policy doesn't reduce drug use in Malaysia, I am confident in our National Guard's ability to make it work in America. I would gleefully support a police state led by Lt. Gov. Owen because I am secure in the belief that, as a law-obedient citizen, the inevitable abuses of police and military power will not come back to endanger me or my loved ones. Besides, everyone knows criminal-law enforcement is the best and only way to reduce drug abuse -- it has worked so well in the past. Right? Clark Battle Secane, Pa.