Just days after drug-related violence commanded new attention with the slayings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate, the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations hosted speaker John Ritchie, a liaison for the State Department to Congress on immigration issues and a former coordinator of U.S.-Mexico border affairs and U.S. consul general in Monterrey, Mexico. Ritchie told The Eagle editorial board that the gruesome violence is not only indicative of drug gangs fighting for control but also meant to push back against stepped-up efforts to disrupt drug trafficking and arrest and extradite the kingpins. Authorities are doing all they can to counter the violence in Mexico, Ritchie said. But in his opinion, "without really significant demand reduction, you don't really kill Medusa. She just keeps growing heads." Of course, comprehensive action to reduce U.S. drug demand is little discussed.