Letters to the Editor

Letters for March 8, 2001

As for hookers, we pay for their vacation stays in jails, for ineffective rehab centers, and for the food stamps sold for drugs. However, those centers that help addicts are important. Since we pay for the addicts who don't pay taxes on their $100,000-per-year incomes, we should force them into rehab and supply tight follow-up. We are supposed to be the number one country but are that only on fictional TV shows.

Ann Neymus
via the Internet

The green stuff rules:
I happened to read Emma Trelles' article about the so-called "Street Life" with a lot of interest, and I'll tell you why: because I was so curious what her point of view was going to be. And you know what? I still don't know. Maybe someone paid her to write the article, and that was more understandable since we all work for (pay attention now, because we're gonna return to this issue in a little bit) money.

But let me get to the point. First of all, whom did she write the article for? I know it was not Stephanie, or whatever her real name was; she'll ignore it. Trelles also did not write it for the johns, unless she was trying to give them a warning to be more careful. Or maybe she wrote it for someone like me who, after leaving a communist regime (22 years ago) in search of freedom, still wonders what this word really means. I still haven't gotten to the point. The point is that Stephanie and the others like her are working for money. Period. Everybody is. Stephanie, you see, did not go to college -- like Trelles did -- and she does not have any other talents. She does what she knows best and makes a living at it. Other girls like her have more "talent" or connections, and they land in porno movies. That's called acting and seems to be OK with everybody.

Look, I'm not trying to defend anybody here. All I'm trying to do is to ask you to write another article to explain that just because something is illegal doesn't necessarily mean it's that bad; the law could also be bad. (During Prohibition drinking was a crime, and lotto was long illegal in Florida.) I think this law should also be changed, because for sure it's not going to change the oldest job in the world. In the meantime, arresting these girls never produces any results; they're still doing it. Police actions are not going to clean up the streets. The money spent on the police force -- more every year -- should be aimed at educating children, who will become parents one day. That will eventually clean the streets. But then what do you think the cops will do? Become teachers? No! They like the situation they're in.

Peter Grigore
via the Internet

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