Pubdate: Fri, 12 Jun 1998
Date: 12/06/1998
Source: Halifax Daily News (Canada)
Author: Eugene Hines

To the editor:

I am not surprised teens are turned off (Teens Turned Off By
Drug-Search Ruling, The Sunday Daily News, Nov. 29.) At 51, I look
over the society of Canadians and it is becoming patently obvious we
are ever so gradually shifting toward fascism.

This is becoming increasingly evident when you look at the powers the
police have been given and the laws being passed that infringe on our
human rights.

The silly litany of "We don't want to give out the wrong message" the
politicians keep pursuing is meaningless nonsense.

I don't advocate drug use or alcohol use among the young, but it is a

The message is out there, but the politicians have not been listening
while they pursue the lunatic policies of another nation.

Prohibition has spawned all sorts of evil and corruption in our
society, including some laws that do more damage to the youth and
basic fabric of our society than one can believe.

Look at what is happening in the U.S.A., where prohibition of alcohol
in the 1930s certainly didn't work - as their prohibition and "war on
drugs" doesn't work.

The young people in our country who challenge the puritanical
hypocrisy that surrounds this issue should be given a great deal of
praise. Their parents should be proud of them. The parents in this
country had better start thinking out of their box on this issue,
because the country that we leave young people is going to be in one
hell of a mess.

Good luck to the youth of our country, and may they be victorious in
their fight against those who are running the country down. It would
seem the older generation has thrown in the towel.

I'll keep writing letters until I am blue.

Eugene Hines Via the Internet