Letters: U.S. should take care of own problems before others'

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I see they have finally started destroying the poppy fields (source of heroin and opium) in Afghanistan. Long overdue, one might add, considering the harm that heroin does to so many millions of people in the world, while reaping billions of dollars which directly support the terrorists.

On the other hand, hundreds of millions of human beings around the world suffer and perish from the sale and use of tobacco and alcohol, which is produced in no other place but right here in the good ol' U.S. of A.

Is it not time that America clean up it's own act, search for and discover ways to eliminate the tobacco plantations and liquor manufacturers right under our noses, before nosing into the wrong-doing of other nations?

Oh, another piece of bitter irony is that far more people are maimed and murdered on Israel's freeways by their own drunken drivers than are killed by terrorists. Which would be equally true right here on our own freeways. I don't know the exact statistic, but I do know that, statistically, over a million people will die this year in the U.S. alone from smoking and smoking related diseases. Horrible.

George James,

Crescent City

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