Letters to the Editor

The federal government’s war on drugs is not working.

This is evidentially somewhat due to the CIA involvement in researching and experimenting with LSD in the 1950s and 1960s. It seems to be continuing to this day with opium and other drugs in southeast Asia and Afghanistan and some South American countries.

The result is there is presently a culture of drug use and abuse in this country. The practice of overlooking the street usage and even rewarding the pushers in order to gain evidence on the drug overlords has accomplished nothing that is positive.

Unless the emphasis is substantially increased on reducing the demand, there will always be someone, some organization, that will strive to get rich by supplying drugs. The present leniency for illegal drug distribution and manufacturing is accomplishing nothing.

The criminals guilty of intent to sell and worse crimes need to be held accountable, including receiving maximum incarceration sentencing rather than deferred judgements, probations, suspended sentences, suspended fines, etc. Make it undesirable to be guilty of these crimes in Clinton.

If the sentences and the consequences are severe enough the criminal element will conduct their business elsewhere. I am tired of the government and the authorities using U.S. citizens as pawns as acceptable casualties in their futile “war on drugs.” Just look at the increase in mental illness cases. Maybe the increase is partially due to five, six or more generations of drug use.

There are numerous other probable causes but that is no excuse to not address the drug problem. Right now, today and tomorrow and next week, everyone needs to stop accepting the abuse of drugs as being OK. The judicial system needs to start holding pushers and habitual users accountable for their choices of illegal activities. The lawmakers need to monitor the judgments handed down and either enforce the legal penalties or do away with the law.

Right now it is a joke, a farce, a waste of time and manpower.

The only beneficiaries of current practices are the attorneys. And most of them are court appointed so the losers, again, are the taxpayers. The judges usually suspend the fines so there is no monetary gain to offset the expenses of the judicial system. The bottom line is to put much more resources into reducing the demand for illegal drugs. It is obvious the supply side controls and efforts of 60 years are a failure.

Arnold Meyermann


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