More and more we are hearing about drug busts in La Crosse. In addition to three people arrested in a hotel room for selling drugs, a repeat offender recently released from prison was arrested yet again in another raid.

Drugs are invading our city and this invasion needs to be stopped cold.

The La Crosse Police Department deserves high praise for the efforts of the officers who put themselves in harm’s way going after these drug dealers who are usually habitual criminals. It often takes months of hard and dangerous work to build cases against these offenders. Our police officers deserve our help and support in apprehending these criminals. Unfortunately, our judges are not paying attention to what the police are doing.

While the police strive to collar these individuals, our judges give them a slap on the wrist and turn them out on the street to sell their poison all over again, adding frustration to the police.

The drug trade in this area is exploding and our judges are not part of the solution but instead are part of the problem. We simply must incarcerate these repeat offenders with heavy prison sentences or they will just continue to spread their poison.

Drug dealers belong in prison, not on our streets.

Ruth Kurtz

Onalaska

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