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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Drug decriminalization seems like backward thinking

Letter writers feel open drug use tied to some of Nanaimo’s social issues
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To the editor,

Re: Different approaches like decriminalization desperately needed, Letters, Feb. 22.

By using those methodologies, giving drug addicts more drugs, we should start giving bank robbers money, stalkers binoculars and arsonists matches and lighters.

Absolutely backward thinking from those who are either too book smart, are way too compassionate or simply feel they need to enable rather than say no and show some tough love.

Bottom line, the drugs being used are causing erratic behaviours, injuries to many and brain and body problems which can never be fixed.

A.E. Williams, Nanaimo

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To the editor,

Re: Different approaches like decriminalization desperately needed, Letters, Feb. 22.

I suggest the letter writers who champion open street drug use with all the government free fixings, smarten up.

These kinds of horrible mistruths increase the crime and deaths engulfing our streets. Instead, to be good people, they should open up their own homes and help the drug addicted and criminals on a one-on-one basis – or are they just NIMBYs?

Noah Oliver, Nanaimo

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To the editor,

Re: We should be proactive addressing social issues, Letters, March 8.

Rather than sitting at home, I would ask the letter writer and others to invite those living on the street and those committing crimes to stay in their homes.

Those protesting the bus exchange have also been lobbying and writing government officials and holding placards at safety-for-everyone rallies asking for help and change.

Be part of the solutions, not the griping.

J.C. Broderick, Nanaimo

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