War on drugs

I was disappointed to see, as one of the few direct references to the drug war, the Opinion page article "We Can't Surrender in the War on Drugs," Sept. 4. The author invokes the same stale, tired rationalizations we've heard for years for a policy that daily proves itself more and more disastrous. He repeatedly invokes metaphors of war and takes it for granted that we ought to fight each other over drug use.

It is also worth noting that the author stands to gain professionally from the policies he advocates. In contrast, disinterested thinkers around the nation are pointing out the futility and destructiveness of the drug war, particularly as it is responsible for a perverted economy in the inner cities that cannot help but be a powerful lure into criminality. John deLaubenfels, Deluth, Ga.

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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