Pubdate: Mon, 06 Oct 2003
Source: Pensacola News Journal (FL)
Copyright: 2003 The Pensacola News Journal
Author:  Tammera Halphen


I read Chris Collins' letter to the editor ("Paying the debt," Sept. 19) 
and it made me sad. I don't want to see someone like Chris Collins go to 
jail or be forced to join the military.

In my opinion it's not Chris Collins that is wrong but the law that is 
wrong. Using or selling illegal drugs may be wrong because it's illegal, 
but is it really any more wrong than working at a convenience store that 
sells alcohol and cigarettes? Alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of 
thousands of people a year, yet we don't put people who sell them in jail.

And considering how President Bush and his advisers tricked Congress into 
approving a pointless preemptive war which we may become a quagmire, I 
really would rather he stayed home and did something like volunteering at 
an old folks home or a food bank. There are plenty of more productive 
things that he could do to help out his community.

Tammera Halphen

Houston, Texas
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