The article by Richard Elfering, “We need a treatment center, not a new jail,” (The Daily Astorian, Feb. 21) is the best thing I’ve seen in the paper in many years. Thoughtful, long-term, based on real experience of what works and what does not, I think Mr. Elfering’s proposal — if perhaps not perfect in every detail — could and should serve as the starting point for a sound plan of action.
Adopting it would put our region in the forefront, nationally, of smart, affordable, and effective community response to the problems of crime, addiction, and mental health which are out of control across America today. Is he interested in politics? He’s got my vote.