Pubdate: Tue, 07 Mar 2006
Source: Monitor, The (McAllen, TX)
Copyright: 2006 The Monitor
Author: Colleen Minter


Amen, Andres Martinez! Leaders responsible for current quagmire will
have to answer to a higher power for their crimes against humanity.
It's time to end the terror by changing our intrusive, big-bully
policies, both foreign and domestic.

The monetary costs are staggering and the human suffering

War is a tool governments use to make us more docile, more accepting
of their waste of our precious lives and resources. Prohibition
triggers violence and crime, plus it destroys families.

There are an estimated 9 million American children orphaned because of the drug

Corruption abounds! The biggest scandal is big corporations destroying
democracy by lining the pockets of lawmakers. Influence peddling works
for those who worship the almighty dollar but works against freedom
from oppression, which Americans once held most dear.

Drugs kill over 26 percent of those who die each year in the United
States. Tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals kill about a quarter of us.
Less than 1 percent die from all illicit drug use; nada, no deaths are
attributed to marijuana. The drug war hysteria is bogus and takes our
eyes off the real killers we tolerate.

I am a once-proud American because my country once stood for freedom
from oppression. America now has the dubious honor of being number one
in the world for having more people in prison than any other. The Land
of the Used-to-be-Free is the most incarcerated nation in history!

Colleen Minter

a.k.a. Bonnie Colleen McCool

Stephenville, Texas 
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