Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Death for dealers
This is in response to the letter “Legalize cannabis for adults” (Oct. 16), written by the deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Legalizing marijuana will only accelerate the rapid decline of the United States. Experts tell us marijuana is a gateway drug to others, such as heroin, methamphetamine, etc.
Here is what really needs to happen to help our country:
• Make drug dealing a capital offense. This will make dealing the most dangerous occupation there is.
• Screen law enforcement and those in the justice system to ensure they are not current or former drug users. For example, we do not want any judges who were cocaine users in the '70s.
• Make drug tests mandatory for welfare recipients. Narcotics users certainly are not trying to get a job, as most companies require pre-employment drug screening.
• Pass tougher laws against drug users. Eliminating users puts the dealers out of business.
We live in a country where, if people choose, they can get a roof over their head, food and clothing. Sadly, some people find their lives so miserable that they must alter their state of mind. I humbly beseech dope users to send their drug money to unfortunate children overseas instead of altering their minds.
What we need in our country is fewer dopeheads and more law-abiding patriots.
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