As a former small business owner whose son was murdered by an alleged heroin addict in an attempted holdup, I would like to offer a solution to the drug problem.
In 1900, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana could be purchased over the counter at the local drug store. That did not destroy our civilization. Cocaine was a part of the formula for Coca-Cola.
Federal drug outlets should be established. If the feds controlled the distribution of the drugs, the government would save the billions of dollars spent enforcing unenforceable laws on the books.
Drugs should be given free, in measured amounts. That would take the drug dealers off the streets, as well as the borders. No profit, no dealers. Records should be kept of those who get drugs so that they can be helped when they are ready.
This would save the lives of the victims of addicts who rob, as well as the lives of the addicts.
The money saved from stopping massive interdiction efforts would more than meet the cost of the free drugs. There would be no additional cost to citizens.
This action would benefit not only America, but also Mexico, Colombia and the other drug supplier nations around the world.
I am totally opposed to the use of drugs. If you don’t like this solution, that is fine, but what would you suggest? Remember that what we are doing just doesn’t work.
In her fine article on health (“10 tips for a healthy New Year,” Jan. 7), Dr. Debbie Plate suggests that we should have a goal to “drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.”
This is simply an old wives’ tale about nutrition, one that persists even within the medical profession. No one knows the origin of this suggestion.
There is no research indicating that this volume of water is necessary. However, it is certainly promoted to the benefit of the bottled water industry.
Hydration needs are highly subjective. For the vast majority of us, when we need more water, our bodies will tell us. We will be thirsty.
Alan G. Segedy
I just finished reading the article “Cohabitation ends need for ‘shotgun weddings’ ” in Tuesday’s paper. The writer claims couples who become pregnant while dating are more common and no longer taboo.
The single mother featured and pictured in the article is quoted as saying, “I want to marry when I’m ready, not because I’m being forced into it.”
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but she should have substituted the word “have a baby” for “marry.”