Pubdate: Wed, 16 Jul 2003
Source: Nelson Daily News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2003 Nelson Daily News
Author: Moe Lyons


To the Editor:

Re: The front-page story the other day about grow ops.

I can't believe we're still spending public money on this. Even as I write, 
I can hear the helicopter prowling the neighbourhood - for heaven's sake, 
these things are not cheap, let's spend the money on something important!

And I really can't believe the local police and the local paper are still 
advising us to turn in our friends and neighbours. It smacks of the 
propaganda horror stories we were told when I was growing up about kids in 
the Soviet Union ratting on their parents.

Hey, folks, except for a few zealots, no one cares any more. Any minute now 
the whole thing will be de-criminalized.

In these times of brutal fiscal restraint, and in a geographical area where 
any responsible person doing an economic analysis has to factor in the 
underground economy or they're wasting their time, this should be a 
non-issue. It is a non-issue. What on earth is it doing on the front page 
of the paper?

Yours for sensible policing and responsible journalism

Moe Lyons

Nelson, B.C.
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