Pubdate: Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source: Merritt Herald (CN BC)
Copyright: 2001 Merritt Herald
Author: Alan Randell


Re: No alternatives DARE'd, June 20

If it's the parents who are failing to inform their children about drugs, 
why not have the police give seminars to the parents rather than wasting a 
portion of the school day having police officers speak to the kids?

Sometimes I think the government harbours a secret desire to take over all 
aspects of our children's lives and restrict the parents' access to their 
kids to visiting days at the local child indoctrination centre.

Whether before a class of children or adults, I hope the police 
representative provides answers to questions such as these:

1. The 1973 Le Dain Commission concluded, "There appears to be little 
permanent physiological damage from chronic use of pure opiate narcotics." 
Why, then, is heroin prohibited?

2. Why are some drugs prohibited while others every bit as dangerous are 

3. How can the demand for certain drugs be forcibly suppressed without 
resorting to the establishment of a police state?

4. If prohibition is so great, why did the United States end the 
prohibition of alcohol?

5. We're told the government doesn't have the right to tell us what we may 
or may not read. Where is it written in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms 
the government has the right to tell us what we may or may not eat?

Alan Randell
Victoria, B.C.
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