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December 26, 1996
Re "Zero Tolerance for Child Molesters," by Shari P. Geller, and "Involuntary 'Treatment' Is Double Jeopardy," by Charles Krauthammer, Commentary, Dec. 16, about prison terms for child molesters: Geller is right when she calls for zero tolerance and life sentences for the monsters who prey on children. No plea bargains. No early releases. Life. Public safety demands nothing less. Why is this such a difficult concept for our lawmakers to comprehend? Krauthammer believes that in the abstract name of justice molesters should be turned loose, even when the molester freely acknowledges that he will continue to prey on children.
September 10, 1988
Is anyone getting the same message that I am? The drug scene in major league professional sports, which may or may not be a reflection of the rest of our society, is getting out of control. Isn't it time to consider zero tolerance for this kind of thing? Isn't it time to realize that the 30-day quick-fix program is terribly flawed? GIL M. WAYNE Newport Beach
April 10, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
School trustees have upheld the punishment of a student found with an alleged marijuana pipe in his car, even though the teen contends police discovered it during an illegal search. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board voted 7 to 0 Wednesday night to uphold the forced transfer of senior Ryan Huntsman from Corona del Mar High School to Newport Harbor. The district's zero-tolerance drug policy requires violators to transfer and also forgo school sports.
May 30, 1988
It would seem to me that if the Supreme Court has determined that one's garbage sacks or cans--once set out at the curb--are no longer private, then the owners can no longer be held accountable for the contents. Just as a scavenger (or police) can pull something out, someone wandering by could toss something incriminating in. And if something incriminating is found, can the garbage cans be seized as a show of "zero tolerance"? GREG LETTS Playa Del Rey
February 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An 8-year-old boy was suspended from school for three days after pointing a breaded chicken finger at a teacher and saying "Pow, pow, pow." The boy, who apparently violated the Jonesboro School District's zero-tolerance policy against weapons, was suspended last week. Kelli Kissinger, mother of first-grader Christopher, said: "It's just a piece of chicken. How could you play like it's a gun?"
December 18, 1992
Having just returned from a vacation in Amsterdam and experienced the coffee shops firsthand, I found your article very interesting. Holland is a country that recognizes the inevitability of marijuana use and has implemented a policy of harm reduction rather than zero tolerance (as we have here in the United States). As stated in the article, the result is a wide availability of marijuana and hashish and virtually none of the negative social consequences. Although the Dutch welfare state leaves much to be desired, their rational approach to the drug issue is one that the entire world could learn from.
April 12, 2001
Surrounding zero-tolerance hysteria is the idea that children are becoming more and more prone to violent acts ("Coverage of Youth Crime Promotes Fear, Study Says," April 10). Highly publicized tragedies committed by troubled youths seem to confirm this belief, yet the report, "Off Balance: Youth, Race and Crime in the News," disputes this perception. Nondiscretionary school suspensions and expulsions of children for trivial acts are becoming increasingly common, and the true victims are our children.
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