LETTER: Frightening, shocking murder trial story portrayed sad truth of addiction

The Editor,

Re: "From straight A’s to accused of stabbing her mom 24 times," the Now, Jan 29.

I very much enjoyed Tom Zytaruk’s excellent cover story. It was frightening and shocking and sadly true of the horror of drug addiction in not just Surrey, but the entire Lower Mainland and, indeed, the entire province.

Trevor Forsyth’s pithy comment that "there’s stuff out there that can really change you and you can’t come back from" rings eerily true in so many cases and with so many families. Until the government and police agencies begin to see the cost in dollars and lives and desist with the platitudes so prevalent in liberal ideology that only goes to support the huge poverty industry in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and Surrey’s Whalley district (with or without the development of the new city hall).

I left the Surrey Central area some eight years ago and each time I return to the area, it only becomes more depressing and ugly and uninspiring. Time to rev up the bulldozers and start with a scorched earth policy.

Larry Bennett, Burnaby

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