Pubdate: Fri, 10 Nov 2000
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
Copyright: 2000 Richmond Newspapers Inc.
Contact:  P.O. Box 85333, Richmond, VA 23293
Fax: (804) 775-8072
Author: Lennice Werth
Note: Werth is the founder of Virginians Against Drug Violence


We are blessed to have a Police Chief in Richmond who has brains and courage.

There was much evidence in his October 22 Commentary column regarding the 
drug war. His statement of doubt and concern was a rare example of true 
leadership that is urgently needed.

That the drug war has failed is obvious to any casual investigator. That we 
will have the courage to face that failure has not been as clear. I hope 
Oliver's statement will encourage similar bravery from some of the many 
citizens and politicians who have privately expressed the same opinion.

Lennice Werth
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