The La Crosse Common Council will vote tonight to determine the future of the Coulee Council on Addictions.

In Sunday's editorial, the Tribune presented sound evidence in support of this effort.

Each time we hesitate to move forward with positive attempts to deal with addiction problems, we send the message that they are criminal rather than health related.

We need to get past that line of thinking to find lasting solutions to these terrible situations.

Let's hope our Common Council has the courage to move this positive effort forward. It holds the potential to significantly improve services and results in a very critical community need.

Dick Swantz, La Crosse

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