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Drugs problem

runs deeper

[Re: “Mayor endorses controversial addiction program,” News & Views, Feb. 1.] There’s nothing revolutionary about this. Drug users and addicts have been self-medicating with various prescription drugs, usually purchased in the Carnegie Centre area, for years. Vancouver drug users [are as] sophisticated and knowledgeable about getting high and maintaining [their high] as anywhere in the world. Hence, the world-class problem and need for... groundbreaking solutions for it. On the Downtown Eastside,... drugs are a sign of having finally made it in the world and maintaining the status quo, much the same as a normal person being sold the idea of owning one’s own home or buying a new car is a sign of having made it. The issue of drug use being a product of social conditioning and environment... seems to be constantly forgotten and never addressed.

R. Van De Meeberg

There goes the neighbourhood

Tamara and Luke’s comments when discussing the “downside” of their home in the last edition [of My Digs, Feb. 1] are, in my opinion, disgusting and ignorant. They state that the area they live in has “not fully transformed out of its old life,” so they still have homeless wandering about. Gee, guys, sorry that those damn homeless people are causing you discomfort. Yeah, I know they should just disappear to some other neighbourhood — let’s see, a neighbourhood that is still in its old life? The ugly part of reality is hard to face when you are all comfy in your neat little “eclectic” place, isn’t it? Grow up, you two, and be a solution to the problem instead of talking about it as if you, along with us all, have nothing to do with why people do not have homes in Vancouver.

Merle V. ?

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