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Letters: Get tough on dealers

Congratulations on your well-written and researched articles on the heroin and drug problem in western Massachusetts and elsewhere.

The first and most important step to eradicate the drug problem is education, starting with the parents and continuing in the schools. Unfortunately, “peer pressure” wins out too often, everybody want to “fit in!”

Second, and just as important, is to put these drug dealers away for a long, long time. Let’s start with 25 years for a first drug-dealing conviction. Second conviction, life without parole! It will take legislators and tough judges to change the laws to make this work. The end result would be no need for drug rehab and 90 percent of the crime would disappear. Laws are not strict enough and judges not tough enough! Maybe they need to be elected. Too many young lives are being destroyed!

GEORGE L. PAYANT

Turners Falls

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