Sir: Cheers for your exposure of the evil operations of the Cosa Nostra [Aug. 22], particularly drug traffic. As a former narcotics court news reporter in Chicago, I can tell you that educated estimates attribute 50% to 80% of all crime to narcotics. It is a cruel form of slavery, and those addicted to heroin can seldom afford it without resorting to crime.
Since crime on the streets is a smoldering political issue, the Cosa Nostra and its narcotics traffic should be included as a root cause.
ROBERT G. MORGAN Hinsdale,...