Pubdate: Wed, 25 Aug 1999
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA)
Copyright: 1999 Mercury Center
Author: John W. Olver


To the editor:

If George W. Bush did not use cocaine he would have said so; therefore
we must assume that he did.

I don't believe the chemistry that occurred when Bush used cocaine 25
years ago has any impact on his ability to perform as president. But I
do think the social implications of his escapades must be considered
before we vote.

I would ask him if he thinks he should have gone to prison and lost
his right to vote as punishment for his behavior. If not, then I
expect we can look forward to some dramatic reductions in the current
laws concerning drug use.

If Bush does think he should have done time, then he and we know the
only difference between him and thousands of convicted felons is that
he didn't get caught.

How can Bush stand before the nation and say he is for a fair and just
society when thousands of people each year have their lives ruined
over something that he thinks shouldn't create a ripple in his run for
the presidency?

San Jose

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