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Just wondering

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Just wondering, not advocating. On ABC 7 morning news (Mar. 23), a segment on heroin use brought to mind the tragic front page Northwest Herald story (Mar. 9) of the beautiful 17-year-old girl and 14 others who died of heroin overdose in McHenry County in 2013.

Having just returned from Singapore in February, I recalled that drug use is one of 30 offenses for which corporal punishment (caning) is the penalty. Remember American Michael P. Fay, who was caned in 1994? U.S. outcry got his penalty reduced from six strokes to four.

The concierge at the Fairmont Hotel told me (almost gleefully) that once a person is caned, he quickly decides, “I’m not ever going to do that again.” He also told me that it was safe to walk anywhere in Singapore at midnight.

Google “crime in Singapore.” You will discover that it has the lowest crime rate/drug use in the world. Think of the money saved on prisons and rehabilitation. Drug trafficking means execution.

Just wondering, not advocating.

Full disclosure: My three sisters and I grew up in a Proverbs 13:24 home where the “belt” was used on our bare bottom as we leaned over the bed. Painful but not cruel.  There was a lot more “love” than “belt” in this nuclear family. We quickly learned proper behavior. All four of us grew up to be functional, well-balanced, emotionally stable adults who lead happy, productive, and useful lives.

Just wondering, not advocating (yet).

David Thiessen


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