Letters to the Editor -- April 15, 2004

Published on Thu, Apr 15, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
When the sheriff’s office recently disclosed a lack of border patrol cooperation, they exposed a federal agency centered on what they call the “big picture” of nuclear terrorism and the headline-catching larger drug busts.
Agency management who recently minimized the smuggling of drugs across the border by school students, or smaller amounts by anyone, only nurture drug abuse and decline of character in both our youth and our nation.
The issue of some students and others smuggling drugs across the border has to do with rules of law and moral character, not the private emotionalism of supporters of drug use nor the self-importance of some federal officers.
It is not the size of the drug bust and terrorists are not the big picture. A nuclear attack by terrorists of course would be horrific in loss of lives and financial well being. But, it would not be the end of our republic. An ongoing failure to enforce the rule of law and the loss of our long-enduring national moral characteristics – characteristics that have held our nation together – would.
To uphold those characteristics and ensure a free and peaceful society, both the sheriff’s department and the U.S. Border Patrol have a duty to enforce the rule of law and uphold a standard of equal justice.
Our sheriff’s department seems to be trying, as are most Border Patrol officers. Federal management, however, seems to be focused on self aggrandizement and building a bigger boondoggle.
Michael E. Odell
Blaine

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