Make war on crime, not drugs

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006

We (The People) must be very careful not to continue to create laws that will overburden our court system. There are so many criminals that are breaking and offending the rights of other individuals. No matter how hard they try, the law enforcement agencies can't keep up with their investigation of sexual offenders, murders, robberies, assaults and other crimes created by individuals against other individual citizens of our great state of Alaska. Sometimes we forget the police are responsible for and protecting the rights of United States of America citizens, young and old.

The 1975 Alaska Supreme Court ruling that allows the possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana for home recreational use must not be overturned. We must seek to decriminalize the use of marijuana for home recreational use. We are using up our judicial resources to police law abiding-citizens for use of marijuana. I encourage all members of the Alaska Legislature to read Norm Stamper's Book "Breaking Rank." We must wage war on crime, not drugs. Although, I do not agree with everything that Mr. Stamper writes about in his book, I do agree that as an American citizen, we must take a good look at what we are doing to our individual rights when we pass laws that infringe on the rights of other individual citizens.

If someone is breaking the law while under the influence of mind altering substances, they should be prosecuted for the offense to the fullest extent of the law. And, we already have laws in place at this time to accomplish this. However, to all the proponents of measure HR 149, I say your regard for public safety is truly appreciated. You were elected to protect and ensure the rights of individual citizens, not to overture or take away individuals freedoms. Please urge your officials to vote no to the proposed measure HR 149.

It does not matter if I am a Democrat or a Republican, what matters is that I am an American, with rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and granted by the great state of Alaska's Constitution.

Alfred Sellers


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