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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Decriminalization won’t help people escape addiction

Decriminalization will mean easier access to addictive drugs, says letter writer
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To the editor,

Re: Decriminalization approach is something new, Editorial, Feb. 1.

Amazing, is it not? To solve a serious problem, some people come up with the idea for safe-injection sites and now they want to go one step further to decriminalize the possession of hard drugs? Now let me understand this correctly, helping someone to get over their addiction, you do not make it easier for them to get that which they are addicted to. It makes a lot of common sense, right? There is a saying: ‘By their fruit, ye shall know them.’

David P. Bentley, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pointing blame won’t bring real transformation

To the editor,

Re: It’s a ‘travesty’ that downtown has gotten so scary, Letters, Feb. 1

Enough of the smoke and mirrors, the hocus pocus and all the lip service from politicians.

Daily, hourly, we hear and see the good law-abiding everyday citizens getting attacked, mugged, their homes broken into and stabbed. Meantime, the B.C. government decides to open up the floodgates and let mentally ill and drug-addicted people help themselves to drugs.

We have stigmatized drinking and driving, smoking, etc., but we say it’s all fine to take illegal drugs. No, it is not.

We are going backwards as a peaceful society. We see it every day in the news with average people getting hurt, killed, their businesses and homes broken into.

Stigmatize taking illegal drugs and shame on governments for decriminalizing. It is not OK and don’t let the non-profit supporters, who are making money from governments, tell you otherwise.

Ben Vries, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s a ‘travesty’ that downtown has gotten so scary

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