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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1996
It seems that every time I turn around The Times has another naive editorial about drug use in the music industry. Now The Times is suggesting that health Nazis report any drug use by artists within the industry (Aug. 13). I would suggest that the laws regarding drugs make the drugs much more dangerous than they would be on their own. Your editorial policy adds one very loud voice in keeping the underworld afloat and ensuring that potency of drugs remains a deadly guessing game. Human nature has always sought relief from anguish and pain.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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