Pubdate: Wed, 28 Mar 2001
Source: The Southeast Missourian (MO)
Copyright: 2001 2001 Southeast Missourian
Contact: (573) 334-7288
Section: Speak Out
Note: Letters of up to 250 words on topics of current interest are welcomed 
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ANOTHER CHILD'S future ruined as a casualty of an ill-focused drug war, 
close to home. This one, 17 years old in Jackson, faces a maximum sentence 
three times what most rapists actually receive. Sure, he'll probably get 
probation, but his record is permanently marred. Can his parents afford his 
tuition for college, which the government will now refuse to assist with? 
When are the American people going to speak out against this tragedy? Maybe 
when it's your son or daughter?
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