Pubdate: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 Date: 08/07/1998 Source: Bulletin (OR) Author: Gerald Hannafin Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com/ Barry Mc Caffrey's circular arguments, that harm reduction won't reduce harm and that people who favor legalization should not be trusted because they favor legalization, seem to rely on the assumption that people who want drugs legalized are somehow bad or immoral. A person is not a crimminal merely because he considers an alternative approach to a problem that 20 years of the current approach have been unable to solve. Is this the new McCarthyism? Are drug users to be the pariahs of the new millenium? If so, who's next? Cigarette smokers? Beer drinkers? Children are being suspended from school for Rolaids. What has our free country come to? Gerald Hannafin Woodside, N.Y.