Pubdate: Thu, 18 Oct 2001
Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)
Copyright: 2001 Bolder Weekly
Author: Ray Carlson


In the midst of a stated "drug war," we freely prescribe Ritalin to keep 
control of children's behavior, all the while telling them not to use 
drugs. Many of these children are guilty only of exhibiting symptoms of 
being alive. Is one reason we keep marijuana illegal the fact that it does 
not turn people into unthinking zombies, the way Ritalin does? After all, 
we only want students to conform. Independent thinking and youthful 
behavior is so inconvenient.

Ray Carlson
Redwood City, Calif.
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