Letters: ‘El Chapo’ is a creation of the United States

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With one major exception, everything Peter Bensinger said about kids being killed on our streets because of “El Chapo” Guzman is right. (Reader Feedback, July 16.) He omitted that El Chapo is our own creation, thanks to our laws that assure that the drug cartels flourish.

De-criminalizing drugs for proven addicts under a government-controlled program would end drug-related street violence overnight by ending its enormous profits. Society would save billions now spent annually on interdiction, the courts, incarceration and even emergency room costs for shot-up drug peddlers vying for turf.

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President Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” can never be won as fought. Noble motive does not justify a failed, whack-a-mole strategy. If, as Bensinger said, ” . . . many thousands more are becoming addicted,” then we aren’t even fulfilling the original promise of preventing new addiction.

Our idealistic laws maintain artificially high underground drug prices, guaranteeing El Chapo enormously fat profits. He has “Made in the U.S.A.” stamped all over him. It has corrupted Mexico.

When will our lawmakers courageously replace this failed strategy with one that ends this tragi-comic travesty?

Ted Z. Manuel, Hyde Park

Different rules

In real life, we of the private sector live by a different set of rules. When expenses exceed income, downsizing occurs. Just ask staffers at the Sun-Times and Tribune.

But in government, a different set of rules apply. The solution of to any and every problem is simply a tax. The concept of downsizing never enters a government official’s mind. If we conducted our lives like government conducts its responsibilities, we would be in debtors’ prison!

Joseph A. Murzanski, Palos Heights

Trump has it wrong

Doesn’t Donald Trump have it wrong? He should be pointing the finger at businesses moving to Mexico instead of their residents moving here! With so much defection by American companies expanding there — I would think he would be going after them!

Rejecting “our huddled masses” and impugning them for the same leap our ancestors took is downright ignorant of history. If America had those jobs back, our unemployment issues would not necessitate immigrant wages. I am sure Mr. Trump does not have Wharton graduates cleaning his many domiciles — just those who followed their dreams to America, too.

Vincent Kamin, Loop

Nice to know

It’s nice to know we’re civilized enough to accomplish our objectives without bombing people.

Tony Galati, Lemont

Unfair attack ads

The recent attack ads against Sen. Mark Kirk are unfair and misleading. He voted no against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan not to “protect the profits of the fossil fuel industry,” as his critics would claim, but to save the jobs of Illinois workers and to fight a rise in energy costs, two things these critics fail to mention that the plan could have resulted in.

Scot Sinclair, Gurnee

Change the Constitution

Why is nobody talking about changing the Illinois State Constitution with regard to pensions? I’m not one to change constitutions lightly, but the one sentence added to the 1970 Constitution regarding pensions is nothing essential to our form of government and certainly was not a provision that was debated with public input to ensure a government that best represented the people and that had their best interests in mind.

If and when people start talking about fixing the Constitution with regard to pensions, we will no doubt be flooded with stories about former public employees just scraping by on a measly pension, as if we are required to provide a generous middle-class lifestyle for life for all former state employees. But those who are serious about correcting our pension system will find outrageous, even criminal abuses of our system, things like career-end promotions that boost lifelong pension payments.

Larry Craig, Wilmette

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