Letters, Dec. 7

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 06:14 PM

The fate of two ACC football coaches

It is difficult to comprehend why one coach is fired after winning more than 50 percent of the games with the team he coached, while another coach was given an extension on his contract after only winning 30 percent of the games with the team he is now coaching.

C.B. Bagley
Durham

 

Drug war is a failure

A truly great opportunity to cut government costs and promote family values is being ignored by both parties. Politicians of all stripes have used the imprisonment of black and brown Americans who use drugs as a way to show they are “protecting” us. Although drug use is evenly spread among all strata of our society, black and brown folks are being arrested and imprisoned at a rate that cannot be justified.

Drug-sniffing dogs can legally be used along public streets and parking lots to indiscriminately target drugs, but they aren’t. They are used in the projects and based on a trumped-up excuse to search a car following a traffic violation.

Recently, while travelling with a black friend who was driving, we were stopped for speeding just as we entered a 55 mph work zone. We were in the flow of traffic, but were singled out. Both IDs were taken for a criminal check and we were told that if everything checked out, we would get a warning ticket. When he returned, we were queried extensively about where we came from and where we were going before he returned our licenses and failed to write a ticket of any sort. It was a fishing expedition and mostly black and brown folks see this kind of police harassment.

The drug war is an abject failure. Legalization is under way now in several states. Let’s either abandon it or start sniffing and jailing everybody. Either approach will work.

Larry Bumgardner
Durham

 

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