Pubdate: Tue, 17 Oct 2000
Source: Des Moines Register (IA)
Copyright: 2000, The Des Moines Register.
Section: Opinion Page: 8A
Authors: Ray Dominck, Carl E. Olsen
Note: Title of second letter supplied by MAP


The Oct. 7 Register front-page story "Bush: Anti-Drug Efforts Lag," states, 
in part, that presidential candidate George W. Bush wants to create a 
program called Parents Drug Corp.  He believes the Clinton administration 
has been doing a terrible job on the war on drugs.

Isn't this just more government, more bureaucracy, more red tape? And 
hasn't he been telling the voters for the past several months that he wants 
to be president so he can give us a less intrusive government? Or is that 
just campaign rhetoric?

Ray Dominck
3702 54th St., Des Moines.

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George W. Bush blames the Clinton administration for failed drug policies 
and says more drug agents and a Parents Drug Corps will cure the problem. 
The drug war certainly is a failure, but not for the reasons Bush thinks it is.

Bush has repeatedly refused to talk about his past drug use, asking people 
to judge him on his accomplishments rather than his failures. That's nice 
for Bush, but what about everyone else?  A lot of people have used drugs 
while at the same time accomplishing great things.

Bush would have these people treated like criminals while asking us to 
forgive him for his past indiscretions.  The truth is, if Bush had been 
caught and arrested for using drugs he would not be running for president 
of the United States today.

I really doubt that Bush is going to do any better than the Clinton 
administration has done.  A little honesty might accomplish something, but 
more of the same rhetoric we've been subjected to for the past 30 years 
isn' t going to get us anywhere we haven't already been.

Carl E. Olsen
130 E. Aurora Ave., Des Moines.
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