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The Journal Gazette

Friday, December 22, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

Questions on opioid suit

As I read the article “County hires firm for opioid lawsuit” (Dec. 16), many questions came to mind. I find it interesting that the county is using a Wisconsin law firm. (Crueger Dickinson is a firm that focuses on high-stakes litigation.) How did we find them or did they find us? It would be interesting to know how many other clients this firm has who are pursuing the same litigation against the same pharmaceutical companies. Will this information be forthcoming?

Sally Quake

Fort Wayne

It's rehab, not prison,where addicts recover

To protect and serve is what our government promises. However, they have forgotten what it means to serve our citizens. Instead of protecting them, our government has abandoned hundreds of thousands of its own people to die in prisons all across the country. Since the start of the “war on drugs,” we have thrown non-violent addicts into prisons across the country.

There are many people in the United States who have become addicted to some very dangerous drugs. Although some may think that punishing these people is the answer, it's not. These people deserve better than prison; they should be given therapy and treatment to help them recover from their addiction. While putting addicts in prison may get them off the streets, they are still exposed to the drugs inside the prison.

Our government needs to refocus its resources on putting addicts into rehabilitation centers instead of wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to put addicts in prison. Throwing addicts into prison does not solve the drug problem in our country; it worsens this problem. If addicts were helped instead and taken to a rehabilitation center, they would receive the help they need and deserve and, after some time, the problem would cease to exist. Rehabilitation centers are more beneficial than prisons because addicts are away from the problem in rehab centers.

Addicts should not be punished because they have mental problems and can't deal with their problems on their own. Instead, they should be helped and taken to a rehabilitation center so they can get the help they deserve. Rehabilitation would cost much less than imprisonment and would save the taxpayers and government thousands of dollars yearly. And society as a whole would benefit more because addicts would be more likely to quit after rehab than they would after being imprisoned.

James Swinehart

Fort Wayne

Decency's in decline

I think The Journal Gazette is off base calling Rep. Marcy Kaptur a loser (Weekly Scorecard, Dec. 16).

I see too many “professional” women dressing like streetwalkers:+/- 6-inch heels, body-revealing tight clothing and, of course, everyone's favorite, cleavage.

I know, this is 2017 and decency in dress and action is passe. The downward spiral of our culture continues.

Gary Huguenard

Fremont

Have headlines?

As we near the year's end, we're looking forward to our tradition of sharing headlines we would like to see in the year ahead. A reader's January wish to see President Donald Trump delete his Twitter account missed the mark, but there's always next year.

We're inviting readers to submit headlines they would like to read in 2018. We'll select our favorites to share early next month. Send your suggestions to letters@jg.net.