There was a wire service story today that President Bush telephoned President Vincente Fox of Mexico to exchange ideas on “how to stop violence and improve security along the two countries’ mutual borders.” We’re currently down on the southern border where I met with a sheriff’s deputy in Las Cruces, New Mexico over the weekend to discuss border security issues. Jimmy Beasley, who has been with the Sheriff’s Department the past 19 years, said drugs coming across the border are a tremendously big issue. He said it’s not uncommon to stop trucks with a half ton of marijuana, or cocaine, or meth-amphedimines… Beasley said the drug cartels south of the border are powerful and quite networked. And no matter how much there is in the way of security, Beasley said they will find a way to get at least some, if not a lot, of the drugs through. It’s the old: ‘suppy and demand.’ So common sense would indicate we have to find more ways to decrease the demand. One way that is working, in part, is the DARE Programs that are now in some 85% of the school systems nationwide. Sheriff Beaseley has helped coordinate the DARE Program in the Las Cruces schools the past 16 years. He said the curriculum is multi-dimensional and includes such things as teaching students how to develop positive peer groups and make responsible choices around drugs. Note: Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Beasley said it’s not only wrong peer group choices that can lead to drugs. The home environment also can contribute tremendously to a youth using drugs, or not. Beasley said when he first started with DARE, a girl in Kindergarten told him her Daddy had come home drunk the night before “… then stuck a needle in his arm.” Beasley said he was so moved by the story (and others), that he was inspired to make DARE the main thrust of his work.