2 July 2005
Editor & Publisher Lee County Courier
303 West Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38804
Dear Mr. Clark
I read with much interest your article on local drug enforcement with a touch of national influence. You give great credit to brave, hard working men and women trying to enforce laws the majority of our populace wants enforced. While I know very well these folks you are writing about are good, well-intentioned people and they are following the direction of their conscience to the very utmost, I have a strong opinion their goals and politicians who wish to scare people to keep their jobs are directing objectives.
Let me explain. In your article you have referred to Lee County residents as bad guys, corner dealers, lazy man, users, wholesalers, a slightly bigger fish, dealers and mules. I would refer to all these folks as unscrupulous entrepreneurs, same as Martha Stewart, Bernie Ebbers, Kenneth Lay, and Andy Fasto with a pistol. I hardly find name-calling of this nature anything but political gamesmanship.
We cannot discuss our local drug enforcement without discussing the laws coming from Washington, DC. I cannot find why these laws are on the books. You ask a person on the street, he replies, “Gotta keep drugs away from our children.” You ask a policeman, he says, “We are keeping these drugs away from addicts.” The only reason I can find for these laws being on the books is that politicians can scare the heck out of us with this name-calling. They can brag about the great and wonderful acts we are doing in keeping these drugs off the street (sic). But all I can find out for sure is they want to keep psychoactive drugs away from citizens. How can you explain this when these substances have been used for 6 to 10 thousand years? But this generates a hell of a political base.
Washington, DC has created, along with these laws an administration called the DEA that writes regulations and enforces these regulation and laws with a budget probably over 100 billion dollars per year if each of the agencies were included. We have a military force in several foreign countries, tampering with the lives of the poor, we have a prison industry that make captive our most sick individuals on our streets, we have a justice system so bogged down with these crimes we cannot house the violent criminals. All these people named above could not exist if these laws did not exist. We have created these people and we have wrapped the sickest of our mentally ill around these unscrupulous entrepreneurs.
Of course these laws cannot be enforced in a free and open society, I am beginning to wonder if despot in a closed society can enforce these laws. These laws came into being in the early part of the 20th Century, as it became apparent these laws could not be enforced so the politicians listened to the people and continued to make the laws with stiffer punishments and lesser rights before the court. Has anyone stopped and looked how far up we have built the Babylonian Empire’s Tower to heaven. I have watched this drug war for 30 years. All I see are more laws, more police, more jails, lesser rights before the court, more violence on our streets and less domestic tranquility.
We only need one law to deal with those adults who wish to use psychoactive drugs, “Disturbing the Peace”. Then all the other Martha Stewarts would have to go home and find a real job.
We are going to save the addict, yeah tell me about it! We are going to keep drugs away from our children. Why is there not a responsible person asking for an ID?
Let us end the drug war and give these honorable people a job keeping our highways safer where 40,000 people die each year. Let us stop locking up mentally ill people.
Harold W. Ard
Tupelo, MS 38804