Russell Barth's argument to legalize and regulate drugs [Drugs: Legalizing
would stop gangs, March 26 Letters, www.langleyadvance.com] is one that many
should find offensive. He believes that the police do not want to legalize
drugs because that would result in budget cuts and layoffs.
Unlike Barth, I do not believe all police men and women are trying to
trick the public into giving them money by making us believe that
"crime is a bigger issue than it is." For the most part, I know the
police are out there doing the best they can to protect the citizens
of our cities, and accusing our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers,
aunts, and uncles of perceiving crime as a threat in order to keep
their jobs and acquire more money for "powers of intrusion and
coercion" is insulting.
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