Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. In addition, I would like to thank three groups of people: our donors, our volunteers and our staff. You have all made an enormous contribution to Law Enforcement Against Prohibition throughout 2010.
With our passion for drug policy reform it is sometimes easy to forget that law enforcement officers do a lot of great work in our communities, both on and off the job. For example, here is a great story from the city of Logan in Utah:
The Logan City Police Department is declaring their Coats for Christmas drive a success. The department started the program seven years ago to assist children in elementary schools who did not have adequate winter clothing while traveling to and from school.
Here is another wonderful Christmas story from Victoria, British Columbia:
A pair of Victoria police officers played Good Samaritans to a 95-year-old man who was discovered living alone in an apartment without heat or lighting, despite having thousands of dollars in uncashed pension cheques.
These acts of kindness remind us of the words of a famous Anglo-American novelist, Taylor Caldwell, who said, "This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." And as we take a break at the end of this year, and pause in our efforts to change laws that we know are harmful, we can also reflect on the thoughts of Albert Einstein:
"Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth."
All the best to you and your family during the holidays.


  1. God bless you and yours! Merry Christmas to everybody!!! :)

  2. thanks for your hard work both on the job and off.

  3. Thanks David for all you share. All the best!!

    PS I recently read Dan Baum's "Smoke and Mirrors" about the drug war since the Nixon Administration. Wow, a great read!

  4. Happy Jesus' birthday! :-)

    The elderly definitely need kind people to look out for them. There are so many mean people who seek them out solely to prey on them. In fact, I recall America's Most Wanted featuring a guy in Canada who, for 20 years or so, rips off the elderly; taking advantage of their foggy recollections, kindness, and relative lack of strength.

    Ending prohibition will be a gift which keeps on giving, long after it's been banished and prisoners freed. Jesus said the best gifts to give, and the best people to give them to, are people who can not repay you.

  5. Thanks everyone. We have lots of great changes in store for the blog in 2011.

    Now... time for some eggnog. :-)

  6. Thank you so much for the happy stories. We fight so hard that sometimes it is easy to forget the good things.


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