Pubdate: Mon, 20 Nov 2000
Source: Anchorage Daily News (AK)
Copyright: 2000 The Anchorage Daily News
Author: Mike G. Breaux


I must respond to Jena-Lee Wright's question ("Are morals worth money?" 
Letters, Nov. 17): "Exactly when did we decide to lose our morals in order 
to save money?" That's a no-brainer. This country not only lost its morals 
to save money, it lost them to make money. Yes, that's why we continue to 
spend $15 billion a year to fight the war on drugs. Not only is it immoral 
for a government to wage war against its own people, it's immoral to make 
money and build our economy on the backs of people who are suffering from 
an addiction.

I am not pro-legalization, but I am for decriminalization. I feel people 
should not go to jail for simply using drugs. If they commit a real crime 
like driving under the influence, robbing to support their habit, etc., 
then by all means they should pay their debt to society. Our criminal 
justice system -- oxymoron in itself -- is fair only if you're able to 
afford proper defense. In fact, you can get away with murder if you have 
enough money. Our political system has become one of the most shameful 
losses of morals because of the very same reason: money.

To Jena-Lee Wright, in the immortal words of a certain PTA president of a 
local elementary school: Welcome to America.

- -- Mike G. Breaux

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