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Can Mr. Reagan Kick the Habit?
The Innocent Bystander
By Arthur Hoppe
President Reagan's budget eliminates
the $225 million provided this year for
state and local drug enforcement work,
cuts in half the $200 million allowed for
in-school drug education and freezes
funding for drug
VCR owners and
other shut-ins. It's
time for another
chapter of "The
Golden Years." the
of a lovable senior
citizen who gave up his career as a
retired movie actor to become a beacon
of hope for freedom-hungry people
As we join Ronnie today, he is surreptitiously sprinkling a second teaspoon
of sugar on his bowl of All-Bran. His
attractive wife, Nancy, frowns disapprovingly.
Nancy: Really, Ronnie, you know
that's not good for you.
Ronnie: Gosh, I can't help it. I get this
craving for it. My mouth waters, my fingers tighten on the spoon. An overwhelming urge...
Nancy: It's a lot easier to give up a
second teaspoon of sugar than it is to
give up drugs.
Ronnie: Drugs? I don't take drugs.
Nancy: I was thinking of all those
young people out there, struggling to
break the chains of their vicious drug
habits and make something of
themselves—without any help whatsoever from some people I could name.
Ronnie: You're mad at me, aren't you?
I can tell by the way you're mashing
your egg with your fork. I think you got
some on the toaster.
Nancy: I'm a little hurt, that's all. I
mean you say it's our budget and then
you do this.
Ronnie: Oh, I know! It's those cuts in
your drug program, isn't it?
Nancy: I don't ask for much, a couple
of hundred million for my pet project.
Ronnie: (trying to pat her shoulder)
Golly, I'm sorry, Mommy. But a
hundred million here and a hundred
million there could add up to real
money. It's time to tighten our belts, and
we have to start somewhere. So don't
you think we should trim all the nonessential programs that...
Nancy: Non-essential! But you said
just last fall that drugs were—and I
quote—"as dangerous to our national
security as any terrorist or foreign dicta-
Ronnie: That was before elections.
Nancy: And I was so proud of you, the
way you called for voluntary drug tests
and stood up before the nation to show
Ronnie: That was before my prostate
Nancy: And while I'm struggling to
make ends meet on a couple of hundred
million a year, you're out carousing
with the boys, talking up billion-dollar
Ronnie: Gee, Mommy, you know how
it is. I'll he sitting around relaxing with
the guys, and some general will say,
"Hey, have you tried this new orbiting
laser mirror? Wow, it's the real stuff!" I
never see where one little orbiting laser
mirror could hurt.
Nancy: You know very well something like that leads to a couple of popup blasters and then a dozen killer
satellites. Before you know it, you're off
on a trillion-dollar binge.
Ronnie: But all the other guys think
it's great. "Come on, Ronnie," they say,
"have another snort of Star Wars."
What can I do.
Nancy: (taking his hand) Please
dear, it's so simple. Just say no.
■ 1987 (S.F ) Chronicle Publishing Co
Police on Wednesday were still looking
for the burglars who took a $40,000 computer, several typewriters and other
electronic equipment from the offices of
Houston Metropolitan Ministries, 3217
Montrose, sometime Sunday evening,
J.J. Britton, director of administrative services for the interfaith charity
organization, said the burglars entered
by breaking a rear door and window to
the building, then dismantling a security gate at the entrance to the upstairs
offices. The gate has been repaired and
additional security measures have been
implemented since the thefts, which
probably took place after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Britton said. There were no witnesses to the crime.
The burglary was discovered and
reported about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The
computer that was stolen had stored
donor and employee files that will be
difficult to rebuild, Britton said. Not all
of the items taken were completely
insured, she noted.
Britton said that although there had
been incidents of forced entry to the
building in the past, no major thefts had
taken place. Metropolitan Ministries
has occupied the renovated building for
three years, and was located at the same
site prior to the renovation. The charity
group is supported by a coalition of area
AIDS in the
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