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November 20, 2012

Letter: Republicans should end the war on drugs

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The Democrats claim to be the party of the people because they want bigger government programs, but they are also throwing people into jail for drug crimes. This has been a bipartisan effort since the 1980s. What a chance to take the right side of the issue and play it for all it’s worth!

Conservatives should be able to get behind this, and the poor among us should also be able to support this wholeheartedly. Those who are concerned about the increase of those dependent on government handouts ought to consider what happens when a person is sent to prison for a drug “crime.” They are supported by taxpayer dollars, and it is much more expensive to support them in jail or prison than by just putting them on welfare. We should consider how much money we could save if we took them off government handouts — jail and prison handouts!

Let us be the party of freedom — from jail!

Jonathan Meadows

Raymond

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