The B.C. Centre on Substance Use is proposing a policy to sell legally regulated heroin as part of an urgent response to reduce opioid overdose deaths from a toxic drug supply that is profiting organized crime groups.
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“War on thugs”? What nonsense! The proposal to give “clean” heroin to addicts is more like a war on the struggling middle class wanting to live in safe, clean communities. After decades of so-called “progressive” rule in Vancouver, we have only seen our communities get worse. Now Vancouver has become a mecca for the poor and those with drug addictions. Rather then revitalizing our communities, our elected officials simply turn a blind eye and write us off. Just look at the Downtown Eastside, a no-go zone for decades, and now the problem is spreading to surrounding communities. Rather than governments becoming drug dealers, perhaps it’s time for them to do their jobs and start fixing the laws and enforcing them to improve our communities.Michael Aiello, VancouverAddicts behind ‘ridiculous notion’Heroin “compassion clubs” is an absolutely ridiculous notion, obviously contrived by addicts. Save the word compassion for how it was intended. Knowingly injecting oneself with an illegal narcotic is hardly worthy of the term. Instantaneous rehab would be money better spent. Even the junkies would rather kick the habit. Clean heroin is hard to find? Too bad. Heroin has always been a “roll of the dice.” Using the marijuana argument is hardly comparable. Marijuana is legal and available in many forms almost everywhere. Maybe we should give car thieves free cars so they won’t steal ours. Grant Husdon, EnderbyPlecas not innocentSpeaker Darryl Plecas claims the moral high ground yet he was present on the globe-trotting trip, eating gourmet meals, staying in a lavish hotel and buying so-called lavish gifts.If he is so righteous, why did he not say anything at the time? Sort of makes him a party to the offence. He condemns others, but what type of business would the Speaker of the B.C. legislature be conducting in London on behalf of the provincial government that would be so important?By going back on his word and taking the Speaker’s position, he lost all credibility, and then he appointed a close friend to work in his office. Maybe he should be investigated and see what turns up. The spending must be looked into and new guidelines set, but I do not believe that Plecas is as innocent as he portrays himself.Joe Edwards, SurreyNDP doubled city’s costThe NDP minority provincial government has brought in a new health employer tax, effective Jan 1, 2019. This tax is to offset the elimination of B.C. Medical Services Premiums.The total payroll for the City of Vancouver in 2017 was $499.6 million. Its MSP payment was $4.8 million. The new payroll tax is 1.95 per cent of the payroll — $9.7 million based on the 2017 payroll. That’s a $4.9-million increase, just over double and forcing the city to raise property taxes.Once again, this shows that NDP did not do its homework on this new tax, and could explain why Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and soon Alberta have said good-bye to NDP governments.Joe Sawchuk, DuncanBetter to refine oilIn regards to Tom Gray’s letter Friday, “Derailment speaks volumes”, the simplest and most environmentally safe solution that would satisfy all proponents in this planet-challenging dispute is to refine in Alberta. Refined product is exponentially safer to transport, more profitable, and creates thousands of jobs.Bitumen is worth a fraction of conventional crude and, regardless of transportation, is an environmental nightmare.Art Green, HopeLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.