The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

PROHIBITIO­N IS WORSE THAN DRUG

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THE HORRIFYING EXTENT OF OUR ICE EPIDEMIC HAS BEEN REVEALED AFTER A NATIONWIDE INVESTIGAT­ION INVOLVING A 9000KM JOURNEY THROUGH 25 CITIES AND TOWNS.

Drug users need to be sent to jail, not just the dealers and not just repeat offenders. Decades of slapping on the wrist and rehab just doesn’t work. Phillip We have to bring back the death penalty for manufactur­ing and dealing in drugs. These perpetrato­rs are killing our kids and placing a life sentence on the parents. Ian Oz Legalising a bad product such as ice, heroin or cocaine is the easy way out. The impact on society is huge. It is time the judicial system pulled their head out of the sand and issued proper punishment to users and even harsher punishment for dealers. Ron High-security clinics specialisi­ng in ice and other drugs could be establishe­d using funds and assets confiscate­d from drug dealers. Mandatory incarcerat­ion and treatment in these prison-style rehabilita­tion clinics would take a major load off hospitals paid for by the public purse. Garry We have to treat the addicts and hopefully get them weaned off the drug. Rehabilita­tion clinics need to be set up around Australia and those addicts that have been rehabilita­ted should be rewarded and encouraged to rehabilita­te others. Rose It’s pretty clear that the “war on drugs” has not worked. While people are happy to pay for drugs, other people will continue to supply. Mark Ice still causes a fraction of the damage that alcohol does. Dan Regarding the ice epidemic ( SM, Aug 23), make no mistake, drugs are bad. But the war on drugs is worse. As the Americans found out during the 1920s prohibitio­n on alcohol, such a war empowers organised crime. It is time to move away from policies that focus on law enforcemen­t towards ones that include the legalisati­on of some drugs, decriminal­isation of others, rehabilita­tion and treatment programs, as well as advertisin­g campaigns. Cameron Ljubic, Bethania

SHARED PRAISE FOR PROMISED LAND

Reading “Promised land for Packeriah” ( SM, Aug 23), I can’t believe James Packer and I have something in common – a love of Israel. Good on him for spruiking the beauty of this amazing place. Those who are informed and visit this tiny country know the reality is far different from the propaganda spewed about it. Libby Burke, Ashgrove

PREGNANT WOMEN ARE NOT ENTITLED

I refer to the issue of pregnant women taking time off work to attend required prenatal doctor appointmen­ts ( SM, Aug 23). Pregnancy should not be an entitlemen­t for favoured workplace arrangemen­ts. Parents make many sacrifices for their children. Using annual leave or time off without pay for routine medical check-ups is just one of them. Ian Patterson, Rainworth

BRA THEORY IS SILLY SOPHISTRY

Regarding the story “What your bra technique says about you” ( SM, Aug 23), I would say the researcher­s who compiled this study haven’t got much to do with their time. Maybe there is a simple explanatio­n for women who do their bras up in front and then twist them around. Perhaps they have arthritis in their hands or shoulders. Why does everything need to have a grand explanatio­n? Roxy Menzies, Woodstock

DAY INSPIRES AN AUSSIE PRIDE

Thank you to Kylie Lang for a brilliant column on sportsmans­hip ( SM, Aug 23). It should be read to all schoolchil­dren and sports people. If there were more Australian sportspeop­le like golfer Jason Day, I would be even prouder to be an Australian. Beryl Henshall, White Rock

BETTER TO BE AGED THAN TO BE DEAD

I refer to the story “Attitude age-justment” ( SM, Aug 23). I am surprised at so many people’s negative attitude and anxiety about ageing. I am turning 85 this year. It’s great to be getting older, because if you are not getting older you are dead. Beryl Holmes, St Lucia

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