A little letter to a certain newspaper (who, when they're not bashing Obama or flat-out ranting in the opinion pages) who seems to think that access to meth precursors is more important than crime prevention (at least how I see it). The body of my letter should say it all. For what it's worth, I would bet it won't make it on the page, but hey, at least I vented my mind. And considering I have been robbed by meth-heads (Like many others), I have first-hand experience in how this scourge affects us. If you're pro-legalization, well, that's your choice...but there's no constitutional right against having a prescription!
Overheated? Try under "cooked"
It seems rather interesting that in your opinion page article on Feb. 23 (Meth bill rhetoric far over the top), that you seem more interested in the "concerns" about the potential costs and inconveniences of drug customers, as opposed to the real costs we are incuring from meth related crimes. I really see very little problems in getting a prescription. I personally had a big problem, being a victim of criminals involved with meth. No law-abiding citizen would have anything to worry about by getting cold medicines prescribed by a doctor. The stats bear out that controlling the source ingredients for meth lead to actual results. I am sure you would be hard pressed to find a cop who would disagree with that statistic.
The fact is meth is on the rise again...right here in the heartland. When we were attacked by terrorists, no one seemed to question the Patriot Acts. Yet now, we are facing a scourge just as lethal and crippling, and lawmakers who should be looking out for our interests are afraid to act because of the weak excuse of "But grandma may not get her cold medicine!"
This isn't an emotional knee-jerk reaction...it is a rational response to a very real threat. To refuse to act isn't just a cop-out...it's criminal.
PS...Read the Feb. 23 edition of the Daily Oklahoman, both on the opinion page (8A) and the article on meth lab busts going up again in 2011 (page 6A). And by all means let THEM know what you think! The "Letter to the Editor" email is firstname.lastname@example.org.