EL PASO - It is a simple Christmas wish.
Peace for three days in Juarez, Dec. 24-26.
No shootings. No killings. No executions.
In a bloody year in which Juarez was submerged in a war between drug
cartels and a crime wave with more than 1,500 homicides, an anonymous
e-mail floating in the borderland is asking for "a truce for Christmas
The e-mail in Spanish is addressed to "narcos, capos, agents, hit men,
the press, those affected by violence, friends and others," and
narrates a conversation between a young boy and his uncle. The boy
wishes Santa Claus and el ninito Jesus to end the violence after the
boy witnesses his father's death.
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Study Prompts Call To Overhaul Treatment For Addicts
MINISTERS ARE being urged to overhaul Scotland's methadoneprogrammeafter
new state-funded research showed that giving addicts the heroin substitute
failed to cut crime.
The Glasgow University study also found prescribing methadone did not
increase the chances of addicts becoming drug-free. Its sole benefit was a
drop in addicts "topping up" with heroin.
The Conservatives seized on the paper, which was co-authored by Scotland's
leading authority on addiction, Professor Neil McKeganey, of Glasgow's
Centre for Drug Misuse and Research.
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Men Spared Prison; Long Valley Roommate Was Growing Marijuana
Two former Long Valley residents who were charged in February, along with a
third roommate, with running a marijuana harvesting operation in their
attic were spared prison sentences Friday by a judge who gave them
probation, community service and ordered them to write essays.
Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan ordered John Coates III of Great
Meadows and John A. O'Connell of Succasunna, both 24, to read "Judgment at
Nuremberg," a 1957 play by Abby Mann that was adapted into the Academy
Award-winning 1961 film about Nazi war criminals brought to justice for
their crimes against humanity.
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GREENUP, Ky. -- An anti-drug program launched recently by the Greenup
County sheriff and the prosecutor involves a connection between the jail
cell and the classroom.
"It's hard to fix people once they're broken," said Greenup County Attorney
Mike Wilson said. "(Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper) said we need to
reach them before they get to that point. That's why we're going into the
Wilson and Cooper began their new anti-drug initiative in November at
Worthington Elementary School. Last week they were in Russell-McDowell
Intermediate School dealing with fourth- and fifth-grade students. The plan
is to take it into every elementary school in the county's three school
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As a Christ, I ask if William Walker Perry (Accused dealer a wacky
defendant, TIMES, Dec. 5, 2008) harmed anyone? Caging humans for using
the God-given plant cannabis is immoral and luciferous. Christ God our
father, created cannabis for, among other things, the survival of man,
the healing of the nations, to be used like wine, farmed for useful
products etc. Since the ecologician indicates he created all the
seed-bearing plants saying they are all good on literally the very
first page of the Bible, the desire to prohibit, persecute and
exterminate the plant and its users is the work of the devil.
It is time to expose the work of the devil and time to accept our
heavenly father's blessed gift. What kind of government cages humans
for using what God says is good? Free William Walker Perry and correct
your immoral law.
Nanaimo's drug problem is serious and will continue to get worse
unless more resources are committed, say community
"I think Nanaimo's problem isn't out of control yet, but if we don't
start adding resources, it will get there," said Marg Fraser, the
Vancouver Island Health Authority's manager of mental health and
The city's five-year plan to tackle homelessness includes creating
more than 300 supportive housing units throughout the city. Fraser
said the provincial government's commitment to provide up to 160
supportive housing units in Nanaimo for the homeless or those at risk
of being homeless is a step in the right direction toward helping
people overcome their addiction issues.
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Experts Confirm Current Facilities Constantly Operating At, Or Near,
Maximal Capacity At All Times
On November 17, 2008, Bruce LaRocque of the High Country Recovery
Centre, made a presentation to the city council in Spruce Grove,
requesting funds to assist in constructing an addition recovery centre
to be located somewhere around Parkland County.
In response to this presentation, the Examiner / Reporter was
contacted by Klaus Ewikowski, Executive Director of Carpe Diem
Ministries, another regional addition recovery facility.
"There will probably never be enough facilities to meet the need,
unfortunately," Ewikowski commented.
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Representative Jim Ramstad, a Republican from Minnesota, is said to be
a candidate for drug czar in the Obama administration. This would take
bipartisanship one step too far, at the expense of public health.
Ramstad, who is retiring after 18 years in office, gets high marks for
working with a Democratic colleague, Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island,
to require insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment
(the two men are alcohol recovery partners). But Ramstad has also
voted repeatedly against federal funding for needle exchange programs
for drug users to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Washington's paralysis
on this issue goes back to when President Clinton let his drug czar,
Barry McCaffrey, sabotage funding efforts by Donna Shalala, then
secretary of Health and Human Services. McCaffrey hyperbolically
called clean-needle programs "magnets for all social ills." In 2002,
Clinton admitted that "I was wrong" not to lift the funding ban.
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