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Our readers wrote letters throughout 1990 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters to help us remember the events that mattered to Orange County readers this past year. We would like to thank the readers who took the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from them and others in 1991. : Why Not Treat Addicts at Ranch

December 30, 1990

Congratulations to the Board of Supervisors for its attempt to sell Rancho del Rio as a means of recovering some of the $6 million debt incurred by Sheriff Brad Gates. It is about time that our representatives started coming up with ways of relieving the public of our tax burden.

According to the sheriff, that sale would violate the federal drug laws. If that is true, I suggest using the ranch as a treatment center for the thousands of victims of chemical dependency who are on long waiting lists for the only two residential facilities in the county.

Maybe then we wouldn't need the sheriff's training center and 90 new officers each year, thus saving their salaries and at the same time turning addicts into productive, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens.

DOROTHY CHAPMAN, San Clemente

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