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