Pubdate: Wed, 07 Jan 2004
Source: The Southeast Missourian (MO)
Copyright: 2004, Southeast Missourian
Author: Bill Foster


To the editor:

Recently, Rush Limbaugh's attorney stated, "Rush Limbaugh has been singled
out for prosecution because of who he is." I disagree. Since his confession,
Limbaugh has been afforded many passes and has not had to face the
consequences of his behavior.

Limbaugh had the luxury of putting his life on hold while he was in a drug
treatment facility. He did not have to worry about missing a mortgage
payment, having his car repossessed or having his family go hungry while he
was in treatment.

Limbaugh's family was not stigmatized, embarrassed or inconvenienced by the
revelation, and I doubt that Mrs. Limbaugh will be leaping from the gravy
train any time soon.

Limbaugh returned to his job as if nothing had happened. Limbaugh wasn't
fired, suspended or otherwise punished. His wealth affords him the luxury of
not having to play by the same rules as other addicts. If his employer
insists on a drug test, Limbaugh can walk away and find an employer who will
accept his word that he is clean.

Limbaugh should answer the charge that he illegally purchased and possessed
a controlled substance. A common Joe would have already been charged and
would be awaiting trial.

Limbaugh's safety net of wealth and social status will catch him before he
hits bottom. The safety net that catches him will be the same net that
ensnares and strangles him unless steps are taken to make him accountable
for his behavior.


Cape Girardeau
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