Pubdate: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 Source: St. Augustine Record (FL) Copyright: 2004 The St. Augustine Record Contact: http://www.staugustine.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/771 Author: Mike Smithson Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n000/a380.html GUINTA'S COLUMN GUTSY Editor: The Dec. 4 column by Peter Guinta was so impressive, so amazingly to the point, that it is too bad it wasn't in Sunday's paper on the front page. Guinta has pointed the finger at the emperor and asked him why he was naked. Question America's war on drugs rhetoric? Question the morality of people taking the edge off? Talk of taking a substance just to explore a bit? Has he gone mad? Can he do this in a daily newspaper? But seriously, does anyone really believe that America will ever be drug-free? Heck, we can't keep drugs out of prisons where guards patrol 24/7 and cavity searches are common occurrences. What makes us think we'll ever have a drug-free community, park or school? And why are some drugs good, and others bad? I love to hear people rationalize their use of alcohol but turn around and call marijuana users immoral and lazy. It's ludicrous. Compare drug prohibition to the recent 9-11 Commission's investigation of our $40 billion-a-year intelligence system's work. Certainly we should be questioning the effectiveness of this complex part of our government, but why aren't we holding the $69 billion-a-year drug war to the same standard? Noted conservative writer Thomas Sowell stated that the "difference between a policy and a crusade is that the policy is judged on its efficacy while the crusade is judged on how good it makes the crusaders feel." Thanks for the great insight, Mr. Guinta. I'll be reading more of your articles from now on. Mike Smithson Syracuse, N.Y.