Pubdate: Wed, 10 May 2000 Date: 05/10/2000 Source: Mountain Xpress (NC) Author: Melanie McMahan Related: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n560/a13.html Please tell me that the letter titled "Hurrah for the pot police" was someone's very sick idea of a joke. In self-defense-induced denial, I really don't want to acknowledge the fact that there are people running loose out there with such perverted notions about good and evil. I do find it strange that someone so proud of their Christian values elected to have their name withheld. But not wanting to get into a "my god is better than your god" type of discussion, I won't take that any further. I am even more offended at the hate and racism evident in this person's nasty little poison-pen spewings. Given a choice between the two, I'll take a thong-wearing, bicycle-riding, ganja-smoking hippie any day of the week. At least I wouldn't have to worry that the hippie was going to beat me to death with racist, pseudo-religious dogma. Melanie McMahan, Asheville Editor's note: Stop! It was satire a sarcastic diatribe against the war on drugs. Seldom does a letter provoke such inflamed and misunderstood responses as did "Hurrah for the pot police." And because the letter, published in our April 26 issue, was run on our Web site, it elicited reactions not only from local readers, but from Internet users in other states and Canada.