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Aug. 12, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Nation's drug war is far from over

This is in response of Milt Hankins' writing that the drug war has been lost. I pray that this war to save our kids has not been lost now.

It could possibly save money if we did legalize drugs, but I cannot see that choice as a real solution.

I think it would make better sense to go the other way and retreat somewhat toward prohibition. Drugs and alcohol kill many people every day. It is true that the taxes that would be made by allowing these drugs would make billions for our government, but ask yourself just how much is your child worth? I don't know about you, but just one chance to save any of mine would be worth all that tax money and more.

Instead of abandoning the fight, we need to look for better methods of fighting the drug war. One of those ways is not to just concentrate on the local street dealers here, but to work closer with other agencies all along the importation corridors that bring the drugs to our area. If they aren't allowed to move the drugs across our highways, they can't get them here for anyone to buy. This also will make it much more expensive for those organizations to do business on our streets. If it gets too expensive, they will be forced to do business elsewhere.

If you have watched the news lately, you have seen that Ohio is doing this, and quite effectively. In addition to what is being done now, we need to start working closer with those agencies to help stop the smugglers before they get the drugs to our area.

But I am certain that stopping the good fight and allowing our loved ones to kill themselves legally is not the answer.

Gregory Lawson

Barboursville

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