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June 25, 1989
We should have a national debate on the pros and cons of legalizing drugs. If, after reviewing the choices, the people begin to react favorably to legalization, the politicians will be able to respond. Decriminalization does not condone drug use but, instead, recognizes the great peril that drugs are to all of society, especially to the youth of this nation. It will eliminate profit and reduce drug demand by providing money for prevention and treatment. ELIZABETH OLSON Gardena
November 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
New Mexico's top state law enforcement official said in Santa Fe he has resigned because of differences with Gov. Gary Johnson's controversial call for legalization of drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Department of Public Safety Secretary Darren White said in his resignation letter that he had supported Johnson's initial calls for a national debate on drug policy. "This is no longer a call for debate. This is a crusade to legalize drugs, and I don't share those beliefs," he said.
January 15, 1998
The case of Karla Faye Tucker (Column One, Jan. 9) illuminates perfectly the single greatest argument against the death penalty (be aware this is a Republican white male writing). It seems naive to argue there are no criminal acts deserving the death penalty: Even one of the many ghastly stories told by survivors and rescuers in the Oklahoma City bombing case makes it evident that there are indeed some crimes deserving death. Consequently, this argument continues to have little impact on the national debate.
October 7, 1990 | Reuters
A national debate on the historic role of V. I. Lenin was brought into the streets of Kiev on Saturday, with rival rallies praising and denouncing the founder of the Soviet state. About 1,500 elderly war veterans waving Soviet flags and hammer-and-sickle insignia marched past monuments celebrating Lenin in the capital of the Soviet Ukraine.
February 28, 2006
Re "Don't mess with Texas districts," Opinion, Feb. 24 The American people have often been frustrated by the Supreme Court's intervention in their affairs. In his article, Edward Blum echoed this frustration, arguing that the court should stay out of the anti-gerrymandering business and let our elected officials clean up the mess. I disagree. Those who resent the court's interference with the popular will must remember that, for all its faults, the court has a crucial role to play in our democracy: protecting our democratic institutions themselves by overseeing the process, not the substance, of our national debate.
December 27, 1995 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
When Aurora Caudillo of San Fernando checked into Valley Presbyterian Hospital on June 19, in labor with her second child, a national debate was raging about how long new mothers should remain hospitalized ("In the Hours Following Childbirth . . . " June 22). A few months before, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, had initiated a voluntary early discharge program in which healthy mothers could leave as early as eight hours after delivery. Short-stay programs were in place at other facilities too.
August 6, 1987
It was Kissinger's opinion that Congress has been inconsistent in its prohibition and then approval of funding for the contras; that it was sending misleading signals to the Administration, and that it was not assuming responsibility for its actions. From 1982 on, I and thousands of others participated in a national debate about the use of violence in Central America. We thought we had convinced Congress that our country should not use funds to overthrow a sovereign nation that we recognize.
September 8, 2002 | JAMES P. PINKERTON
The special session of Congress held in Manhattan on Friday has been slapped around in the press. It's a frivolous exercise in showboating and speechmaking, some say. But, in fact, it took a modicum of courage for members of Congress to go there. In the era of suitcase nukes and mailable anthrax, it perhaps takes guts for Congress to assemble anywhere. Of course, everyone in Manhattan--or Washington, D.C., or any other possible terrorist target--must now live with heightened risk.
September 10, 2000 | Amy Wilentz, Amy Wilentz, who lived in Jerusalem for four years, has written about the Middle East for the New Yorker. She is writing a book about Jerusalem
Ehud Barak is a military man with many hobbies. He is a piano player, a watchmaker and a lock picker. Legend has it he can open anything. This doesn't mean he holds the keys to peace, however. As international leaders met for the U.N. get-together in New York last week, it looked increasingly unlikely that President Bill Clinton's elevator diplomacy would bring the Israelis and Palestinians, both on different floors of the Waldorf-Astoria, to an agreement.
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