Pubdate: Thu, 26 August 1999
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Copyright: 1999 The Washington Post Company
Address: 1150 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20071
Author: Jack Allan Jones


There has been a lot of talk about George W. Bush's past "lifestyle" and
rumored cocaine use. Cocaine use alone is a felony. It has no statute of
limitations as a federal crime.

I believe the media should stop asking Gov. Bush if he used cocaine in his
past. It is now obvious to me that he has at some point in his life. He just
won't say when.

Instead, I propose the question for George W. Bush now should be: If elected
president, will you issue pardons to the tens of thousands of men and women
in prison as a result of cocaine use prior to their 28th birthday if they
make the statement that they have now grown up, as you have done?

The follow-up: If not, why is your situation of achieving adulthood at age
40 different from theirs?

Jack Allan Jones, Wylie, S.C.

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