Editor, The Tribune:
The reason the Church of Scientology supports the Narconon
New Life Center at Chilocco is that the Narconon program
works. The church and Narconon have taken over 100,000 people
off drugs. Someone wants to make this a crime.
L. Ron Hubbard, who developed the drug rehabilitation technology
used by Narconon, has received tens of thousands of awards
and recognitions for his work to handle the ravages of drugs
and better mankind.
Your recent (March 9-12) articles should not have attempted
to demean a man who has served his country admirably. Hubbard's
war record includes public records of his many medals which
includes the Purple Heart (Palm) leaf cluster.
Why the official attacks on the Narconon center at Chilocco?
State Rep. Jim Reese, who sits on the House Appropriations
Committee that funds drug rehabilitation programs, is himself
on the board of directors of another drug rehab program
in Oklahoma City (Alpha II).
The Appropriations Committee funds Reese's rehab facility
with some $300,000 a year and approved thousands of dollars
to the Department of Mental Health for its anti-Narconon
litigation. Reese has also introduced legislation designed
to attack Narconon, virtually admitting to the House that
that is its purpose.
The laws of Oklahoma contain provisions to protect citizens
from legislators who misuse the powers of their legislative
office. A member of the Legislature is legally bound to
disclose private interest in any bill before the House and
cannot vote on it. Did Reese disclose his private interest?
Narconon rehabilitates people, it has given them new life.
People who seek to kill workable programs should be investigated.
Rev. HEBER C. JENTZSCH
President, Church of