Pubdate: Sun, 11 Dec 2005
Source: Kelowna Capital News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005, West Partners Publishing Ltd.
Author: Chris Buors


To the editor:

The harshest criticism of D.A.R.E programs was absent in the recent

The Gestapo long ago noted that uniformed police officers could take
advantage of parents ingraining children to trust the police. The
Gestapo were charged with instilling the "right" morals in their
charges too.

Today, D.A.R.E. officers exert influence and do not impart truthful
information about drugs. The purpose is to indoctrinate children
against drug and that is the reason that the program has lost it's

The question of whether government ought to regiment the idea of
citizens in a free country never sees the light of day in Canada.

"Were the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our
bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France
the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an
article of food" wrote Thomas Jefferson in his Notes on Virginia.

"Government is just as infallible too, when it fixes systems in
physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the
earth was a sphere. It is error alone which needs the support of
government. Truth can stand by itself."

The government in a free country has no more right to tell a man what
substance that he can ingest than the government has right to tell him
what ideas he can put in his head.

Canada has not been free ever since the Opium Narcotic Act of 1908 was
passed. There is no control of thedrugs, but ideas and bodies sure are
controlled. We ought to do something about that, like maybe start
telling the kids the truth. A pharmacologist to teach them about
substances and an anthropologist to teach them about the ceremonial
and ritual use of substances which is as old as humanity is itself.

Chris Buors

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