Pubdate: Tue, 31 Dec 2013
Source: Dallas Morning News (TX)
Copyright: 2013 The Dallas Morning News, Inc.
Author: Tina Sanchez


My New Year's wish is that public officials would stop pushing their 
religious beliefs and so-called "morals" on the community. The state 
of Texas is almost an embarrassment when it comes to how justice is 
administered. Despite all our guns, overflowing prisons and frequent 
executions, we still have one of the highest crime rates in the country.

Drunk drivers who kill and rapists are given probation, and simple 
drug possession can put you in prison for years and ruin your life. 
People can be pulled over and strip-searched for no reason other than 
someone thinks they smell something. I really hope we have a serious 
dialogue about our laws and how justice is administered in this 
state, including decriminalizing drug possession.

Tina Sanchez, Pleasant Grove 
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