Pubdate: Tue, 11 Sep 2007
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2007 Calgary Herald
Author: Keith Fagin


Re: "Growing fears in the inner-city," Editorial, Sept. 8

The editorial says: "The $5 million the mayor wants approved to hire 
10 more police officers and 25 bylaw enforcers might be more 
effective if spent on permanent solutions to end homelessness."

After all these years of historical proof that enforcement is not the 
only answer, politicians still refuse to take their heads out of the 
sand and look for better ways of dealing with crime problems. Their 
answer continues to be: use more enforcement and ignore what might 
actually work towards reducing homelessness and crimes fuelled by the 
illegal drug trade.

Al Capone and his type of violent criminals preying on others' 
misfortune was not good enough of a lesson, it would appear.

Then add that all levels of government continue to ignore the 
Canadian government's own drug studies the Le Dain (Commission of 
Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs) 35 years ago, and the 
Special Senate Committee in 2002.

Sadly the mayor (Dave Bronconnier), Ald. (Craig) Burrows and others 
in city council prefer to waste our tax money.

Look, we are doing something, they want us to believe. They just 
don't have the guts to try other things.

It is too hard, too much work, fear of losing votes and on and on.

Keith Fagin

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