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BARRY'S WORST CRIME WAS HIS 'MASQUERADE'

The crime of Marion Barry was not that he used drugs. What is important to note is the crime of "masquerade," positioning one's self as fighting against drugs while all the while being a user one's self.

The illness of drug abuse, like alcohol abuse, even if illegal, can many times be forgiven.

Yet, what is most distasteful is not the abuse of drugs, but the abuse of public trust.

Perhaps it is best to make these drugs legal, for it is far better to know who does and who doesn't when it is legal for all, than to wonder about just how many "honest politicians" there really are who sneak a little abuse in behind the door.

Yet, we know there is another crime involved also: There are those who are bigots who claim to fight for justice.

I don't know which crime is worse.

But, let's face it, they are all masquerades.

JOSEPH V. PRESOGNA
Portland

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