February 27, 2012 |
Bonnie Addario didn't even know there was a word for what was happening to her. As if lung cancer weren't bad enough, the 54-year-old had lost 30 pounds off her normally 130-pound frame. Her life was limited to her husband's Barcalounger, where she had to recline because she lacked the strength to sit up straight. "It affected everything I did," says Addario, who is alive and well nine years later in San Carlos, Calif. "I literally could not get up and down the stairs. " There is a name for what Addario experienced: cachexia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1993
It seems that the legalization of drugs is an idea whose time has come. This is most evident by the increased support of legalization by the right wing. However, it seems that some of the right wing have a hard time understanding the dynamics that make drug prohibition a fruitless endeavor. Take, for example, Column Right by Paul Craig Roberts ("Drug Laws Aid and Abet Crime Wave," Nov. 14). Though the headline clearly implies a column on the merits of drug legalization, the reader soon discovers that Roberts instead largely delivers a diatribe opposed to gun control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1987
In response to Stephen J. Morse's article, "Drug Problem Seems to Be Bearable" (July 1), I would like to propose a fairly easy solution. China did something on this order at the beginning of the cultural revolution in order to put an end to the opium problem. Set a deadline, perhaps three years. Inform the public with a massive campaign that programs to help cocaine and heroin addicts will be ongoing, and everyone must participate, or voluntarily stop the abuse by the date set. Make sure everyone knows the penalty for dealing drugs: death.
March 16, 2003
I was very interested to see Reed Johnson's article on the narco-artists of Culiacan ("Art in a gangster's paradise," March 2) but wanted to add one bit of missing perspective. I interviewed most of the featured artists for my book "Narcocorrido," and they were quite clear that virtually all money in Culiacan is related in some way to the drug traffic, including the donations that finance the city's rich cultural life. Some of the painters' biggest sales have been to people related to the traffic.