Austin Too Stoned to Understand?

RECEIVED Fri., June 8, 2007

Dear Editor,
    I am so sick of hearing political opinions, artistic notions, and general sociological whinings from people in Austin with a bong in their hands. I have never in all my years of travel/living (nationally and internationally) been in a place full of so many people strung out on an illegal substance and scrambling to justify it. Imagine the good that could be done to this city if these folk were pouring this kind of effort into our social programs.
    I do not consider myself to be any kind of pure person – I love to drink a few with my friends – but if alcohol were made illegal, I'd stop drinking. Period. There's no buzz worth prison, being ostracized, and jeopardizing my career and family. And that's the bottom line.
    Get rid of the weed and cheap existentialist rationalizations, Austin. Too stoned to understand what I'm saying? How about, “Just say no.”
Rich Newman
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