Knowing the role you aspire to fill in the Durham political spectrum, I can forgive you for refusing to acknowledge the need for practical, effective, hard-working realists in public service, but you should at least be fair.
I never thought Gov. George W. Bush's hypocritical stance toward casual drug use could ever be matched, but now it has--by Hal Crowther, who seems to believe that we should consider the drug war a loss ["Stoned out of our minds," May 10].
Crowther seems to hold the view that many held 30 years ago: We're all comfortable with the presence of marijuana and cocaine, so why don't we just legalize them? We're only hurting ourselves. He doesn't consider that those who fry their brains endanger those around them: Parenting and driving are two activities that require thinking.
At least Bush recognizes that drugs are a problem, even if he has the Clintonesque view that because he's a Boomer, the rules don't apply to him.
Not only did Boomers set an all-time high for illicit drug use as twentysomethings, but also, as they aged, for people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Conversely, as Boomers left a given age group, that age group's drug use dropped. My generation's drug use doesn't come close to what theirs was when they were our age, so I consider that to be at least a little bit of progress.
However, we need to continue to fight the war on drugs. I just hope my Social Security taxes aren't going toward Boomers' drug habits as they retire. Does Crowther want Medicare to include "medical marijuana," too?