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December 21st, 2009
06:50 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/18/09

Editor's Note: After Friday's AC360°, many of you wrote in about Michael Ware’s report from the front lines in Mexico's drug war. Thanks were heard for the segment on the deaths at the sweat lodge with some saying that you should never have to pay for meditation and prayer in the first place.

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Michael Ware is right. We Americans love our drugs. Look at us. Whether it's Vicadin, Stoli, pot, cocaine, Sudafed, or Marlboro cigarettes – boy, we Americans love our drugs! You think we'd be grateful to the people selling us the drugs we love. Instead, in an act of what must be collective insanity, we criminalize our favorite drugs and shoot at and incarcerate the people who dare to sell them to us. Worse, we're selling guns to both sides. So Ware is right. This is a test of our national moral compass. In Mexico and Afghanistan, people are dying for the drugs we insist they grow for us – while we make money off the war we forced on them. I'm grateful you folks are talking about it. Enjoy the snow.

Thank You for your discussion [posted on the web site] with Deepak Chopra on preventing casualties at extreme self-help seminars. If people understood that one does not pay for sweat lodge ceremonies, like any other form of worship; they would know it was B.S. and save their time and money. Meditation and prayer are free.


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