Letters to the Editor

Be careful in meth-related stories

On Sept. 19, the headline story in The Bee was "In the line of fire," the first of a series that dealt with gangs, killings and drugs. On Page B-1 was "Meth law has raised hopes." I fully realize it summarized a national news release lauding governmental efforts to reduce meth use and production; however, I find it reprehensible that you would include such misleading and inaccurate statements as:

"(T)he drug once rampant in the Central Valley." It still is No. 1 here and in the foothills.

" 'Don't get me wrong ...' said Bill Ruzzamenti, director of of the Fresno-based Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, 'but there are things that need to be tweaked.' " Do you, or does he, understand the definition of "tweaked" when you are talking about meth?

Federal officials say the number of children exposed to meth has dropped to 319. Do you really believe that, and do you expect me to believe that garbage? I can personally find 319 exposed children in the Modesto-Ceres area without too much effort.

As a society we are not going to eradicate meth and other drug production by requiring customers to sign for allergy pills. Conversely, as a society we are not going to eradicate meth and other drug production by whitewashing either.

MICKEY JOHNSON

Modesto

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