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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2008 1:12 am | Updated: 10:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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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 call-in comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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METHAMPHETAMINES

Drug treatment best cure

How should Arizona respond to illicit methamphetamine use? During the crack epidemic of the 1980s, New York City chose the zero tolerance approach, opting to arrest and incarcerate as many offenders as possible. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was smoking crack and America’s capital had the highest per capita murder rate in the country. Yet crack use declined in both cities simultaneously.

Simply put, the younger generation saw first-hand what crack was doing to their older brothers and sisters and decided for themselves that crack was bad news. This is not to say nothing can be done about meth. Access to drug treatment is critical for the current generation of meth users. Diverting resources away from prisons and into cost-effective treatment would save both tax dollars and lives.

ROBERT SHARPE

POLICY ANALYST

COMMON SENSE FOR DRUG POLICY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

We’re suckers for war on drugs

I’m writing about Bill Richardson’s outstanding column: “What about all the other drugs? (Opinion 2, April 18). The so-called war on drugs is a huge industry and huge bureaucracy.

Victory in the drug war is not possible, nor is it the goal. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug war industry and bureaucracy are out of business. There are basically two types of people who support the so-called war on drugs:

• Those who make their livelihood from it. This includes politicians and bureaucrats who are probably on the payroll of the drug cartels. Al Capone had hundreds of politicians and prohibition officials on his payroll.

• And suckers — taxpayers who have bought into the lies and propaganda of the drug-war industry and bureaucracy. Suckers — who are willing to deny liberty and freedom to others but think that their own liberty and freedom will never be in jeopardy. Suckers — who believe that criminalizing a substance will make it go away. Suckers — who think that drug prohibition somehow protects children.

Suckers — who think that giving criminals control of dangerous drugs somehow protects children and our society.

Suckers — who think that they live in a free country even though the United States is the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

KIRK MUSE

MESA

HALFWAY HOUSES

Mesa must keep them out of neighborhood

With regards to the April 9 article about the halfway house coming to Mesa, wake up! Did you not know that Mesa is called the halfway house capital of the world? They’re everywhere. Yep! Mesa is the only town in the state that allows an individual to “pack” 10 people into a house build for 4, in a neighborhood zoned for “family” homes, charge each person a weekly rent of usually around $120, and put near $4,800 in the bank every month.

I know, I lived in one and I know people who still do. Very little, if any recovery is presented, the owners rely on the free “anonymous” meetings all over town for that. The director of the halfway house I lived in didn’t even know what the acronym ADA (Americans With Disabilities) stood for, let alone be compliant.

Yet Mesa let’s them get away with it. This is certainly not the first halfway house to open, nor will it be the last, because our City Council has not, can not, and will not, do anything about it.

KEVIN CURRIER

MESA

SPEED CAMERAS

High-tech police state

This letter is in response to “Survey says 70 percent favor speed cameras” (Tribune, April 23):

State sponsored police cameras are ushering our world into a new era of techno-fascism. These cameras unnecessarily increase the presence of the state in our daily lives. Although I abhor speeding, particularly in areas with schools and children, it seems to me that it would be less intrusive to merely increase fines associated with speeding. These fines could then in turn be used to support existent speed enforcement practices, thereby reducing the expanding tentacles of the state.

CHRISTOPHER J. SCHNEIDER

QUEEN CREEK

ISLAM

Respect U.N. declaration

Speaking to the United Nations on April 18, Pope Benedict, in his dignified and understated manner, emphasized the importance of human rights. He alluded indirectly to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the fundamental values of our civilization such as freedom of conscience and equality of men and women.

We will celebrate the declaration’s 60th anniversary this December. In so doing, Pope Benedict issued a subtle challenge, not only to countries like China and North Korea, but also to the entire Islamic world which has never accepted the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Instead, all 57 Islamic countries adhere to the 1991 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, which officially makes Islam superior to all other religions and which makes Islamic sacred law, Sharia, the only source of human rights for everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

CARL GOLDBERG

TEMPE

PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Napolitano should follow voters’ lead

I recently watched Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on Fox News talk about how she is strongly supporting Sen. Barack Obama, despite the fact that the majority of Democrats in her state supported Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. I was sorely disappointed that Fox News never mentioned the fact that Clinton won the primary in Arizona. Nor did Fox News ask the governor why she was still going against the will of her constituents by supporting Obama.

SUSAN NORRIS

GILBERT

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