Letters to the Editor: Needle program encourages addicts

When did we vote to help drug users with their habit?

I was livid when I read the article in the June 1 newspaper, “Official: Needle exchange program working.”

We are assisting a way of life that I do not condone. We have tried educating the public and anyone can see from being around users that this is not a good way of life, yet they do it anyway.

If they can support their habit, whether honestly or through theft, they should be able to afford a needle.

New condoms provided by the schools and health departments do not prevent pregnancy. Clean containers for beer and alcohol do not prevent sclerosis of the liver. AIDS is sometimes contracted through blood transfusions, but it sill happens.

The article quotes jail administrator Leslie Johnson saying, “I think it is (good) personally.” “If people are addicted to drugs and they are going to be intravenous users, I think we have to face reality.”

People will never take responsibility for their own mistakes until we force them to. I take prescribed drugs/medicine to remain as healthy as possible, and I have to pay for them myself … why are you not supporting me?

As you can tell, I am still mad. If I wanted my tax money or charity donations to support them, then I should say so. But until I do, don’t tax me.

I am all for helping those who want help to quit and be productive citizens, but most do not and I don’t want to be the one helping them toward their deathbed.

Jeneane Tatum

Modern war bigger problem than enemies
Imagine I had an unruly neighbor who was dumping trash on my lawn, blocking the driveway, hurling insults at my guests, and might even be poisoning my cats — a thoroughly unpleasant character and a flawed human being.

I could try to beat him up, but then I’d rightly have to be prepared to justify it. Or, I could just shoot him. A few people might agree I’d done the right thing.

But most would insist I go through the legal system, to avoid the one-on-one mentality of arbitrarily simply taking matters into my own hands. To do so is messy, inconvenient, and now and then counterproductive. But it lets us follow due process, reasonable procedure, for the benefit of most people under most circumstances.

That is evident to anyone with half a brain.

From the simple to the complex, we’ve developed these concepts over the past couple of centuries, however imperfectly, for the peaceful resolution of individual disputes: our main-street laws, the American Constitution.

But the macho-man politics of George Bush, especially in the realm of war, have taken us back to the stone age of man-to-man societal violent nonsense, obviously including Iraq. It seems the fight is the important thing, as opposed to the deaths, injuries, and sadness of millions of basically innocent human beings.

Under almost all circumstances in the modern age, the light is the problem, not the solution. Modern war is the problem, far more than the disputes it attempts to resolve.

We figured this out, mostly, when murder as a right of the stronger became legally unjustified.

When will we figure it out on the big scale? That murder of our neighbors is wrong just because our leaders don’t like their leaders.

An unruly neighbor does not justify mass murder.
Let’s stop.

Kirby Rowan