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Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:16 pm | Updated: 3:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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We encourage readers to submit letters to the editor on issues of interest to East Valley residents. Submissions should be no longer than 300 words, factually accurate and original thoughts of the writer. Please be brief and include name, address, city and phone number for verification. Letters and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Thanks for support of shelter

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to area restaurants and hospitals for their donation of dinners for our women and children during the recent renovation of My Sisters’ Place domestic violence shelter kitchen.

More than 300 meals were donated by Pizza Hut on Gilbert Road, Guedo’s Cantina, Catholic HealthCare West-Mercy Gilbert Hospital and three Olive Garden locations (Elliot Road, Chandler Boulevard and Germann Road).

An additional 350 meals were purchased and donated by private individuals. The generosity of these local businesses and individuals allowed us to continue providing much-needed services to up to 25 women and children fleeing domestic violence while our kitchen was inoperable.

I would also gratefully acknowledge Adolfson and Peterson Construction and Four Peaks Landscape Management for their donation of materials and labor to landscape the shelter courtyard and playground area. Their gift transformed our courtyard into a beautiful area for our women to relax and children to play.

On behalf of these women and children, and the volunteers, staff and board of Catholic Charities, I offer heartfelt thanks for your generous support. It means more than you know to us and the women and children we serve.

YVONNE D. TAYLOR

DIRECTOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAMS, CATHOLIC CHARITIES,

CHANDLER

DRUGS

Legalization is best way

I’m writing about Bill Richardson’s column “Goddard fighting drug trafficking wisely” (Tribune, Feb. 19).

The only way to effectively dismantle the Mexican drug cartels is the same way we dismantled the alcohol cartels in 1933.

In 1994, Switzerland started an experimental program to sell heroin addicts heroin at very low cost or even give it to the addicts who couldn’t afford it. In 2008, 68 percent of the Swiss voted to make the program permanent. Have Swiss heroin addiction rates skyrocketed? No, they have fallen.

In 2001, Portugal abolished all criminal penalties for personal possession of all drugs. Have the rates of drug use and abuse skyrocketed in Portugal? No, they have fallen.

So why do we continue with our failed drug policies? Other than because lots of people, organizations and industries have a vested financial interest in continuing the status quo of drug prohibition.

KIRK MUSE

MESA

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