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Letters to the editor: July 8

Invitation to vandalism

If one lives long enough, one becomes old. Born in 1940, I have recollections of rationing during WWII, fears of nuclear annihilation in the ’50s, sexual awakenings and revolutions in the ’60s, stagflation in the ’70s, passing 1984 without much fanfare, the information age explosion of the ’90s, terrorism and recession of the “oughts” and now, the repudiation of the values which shaped my life’s frame of reference; i.e., responsibility and accountability for my own well-being and destiny.

For the aforementioned journey I had no qualms about openly supporting Goldwater, LBJ, Reagan, Carter, Bush or Obama, but with the “tolerant” right employing intolerance and violence, I dare not place a sign in support of Trump in my yard for surely, it would be an invitation to vandalism. Bottom line: Reckon, I’ll vote to drain the swamp in the privacy of my home.

Jim DeMont


Big Pharma’s threat

In response to the Epidiolex CBD (medical marijuana) article in the Tuesday, June 26 MT.

GW Pharmaceuticals, not a U.S. company, wants to produce a drug that has CBD as one of its ingredients. Medical marijuana is compiled of more CBD and less of the head high, and costs approximately $20 an once.

I have witnessed the incredible calming effect in people who have PTSD, the easing of cancer pain and the calming effect that CBD brings to a child about to have an epileptic seizure.

Wall Street analysts say Epidolex could cost $25,000 per year. Analysts with CW Hemp, one of the largest CBD companies, say medical marijuana costs $1,800 per year at local stores.

You choose, Big Pharma and our very own FDA at $25,000 per year, or your local dispensary for $1,800 per year?

Robin E. Brown


Dangerous city street

As a resident of West Prune Street, there are traffic concerns that need to be addressed immediately. Due to ongoing construction on Lozier Lane, a detour has been created heading towards Columbus. Every day and night, drivers use this detour as a freeway, driving carelessly. They take the corner of Lozier and West Prune going significantly over the designated speed limit, almost creating accidents as their vehicles “fishtail.”

Not only is West Prune a residential area of 25 mph, but Lozier being a construction zone, you’d think drivers would slow down as a safety precaution. Our neighborhood is filled with school children and elderly. It’s become extremely dangerous as drivers speed down the block, race each other, tailgate construction vehicles, USPS mail carriers and school buses.

When residents try to turn into or back out of driveways, impatient drivers not willing to wait will attempt to go around, nearly creating head-on collisions with oncoming traffic. If a stop does occur, drivers lay on their horns continually, rev their engines, and squeal tires while speeding off.

Drivers are ignoring stop signs, speed limit signs and construction signs. A change needs to occur before accidents or fatalities begin.

Daryl Barre


Misuse of words

The unhinged people on the left, and even some in the media love to throw around words like “Nazi,” “fascist” or “concentration camps.”

First off, it’s a blatant insult to Jews and their families who survived and the millions who died in the Holocaust.

Secondly, once an outraged social justice warrior has thrown out the word Nazi, most reasonably intelligent people’s eyes glaze over and the argument fizzles.

Rick Nelson


Facts about separations

In his letter to the editor on Thursday, June 28, Ken Wilson refers to an interview then Deputy AG James Cole did with USA Today on July 31, 2014. In the interview, Mr. Cole mentions that about 2.7 million children have been separated from one or both parents who had been arrested. Mr. Wilson seems to be making the comparison between these (American) kids and the children being separated from their (Hispanic) parents at the border who are trying to flee almost certain death of loved ones (or themselves) back in their home countries and wants to know “where is the outcry for our American children”?!

This is not a fair comparison. That large number he refers to is the entire number of children left behind when their parent is arrested across the entire country. And these arrests are made “from surprise raids at family homes to roadside traffic stops,” to quote the article. These children weren’t separated from their parents all at once! The separations occurred over years and the interview was mostly talking about how our justice system needs to have better guidelines in place for officials to deal with the children in these unfortunate circumstances.

So, it’s not that no one cares, Mr. Wilson, they’re two completely different issues. I encourage all those writing to the editor to write about all of the facts of their chosen topic, not just pick and choose.

Chuck Lacey


We wonder, what next?

Each new day we hear and see things that make us wonder, what next? Now, these are just some of the things that concern me and that could destroy any nation: We are becoming increasingly more sensual, vulgar, profane and debased; the Democrats and Republicans hate each other and are unwilling to work together; the hatred for our president goes beyond comprehension; our national debt and our unfunded liabilities is out of sight and keeps growing; entitlements put us further in debt and destroy the family; a nation that has departed from God where good is evil and evil is good; truth is no longer an absolute and situational ethics have replaced it; respect is replaced by using filthy words to try and make very hurtful remarks.

Let’s try and remember that without love we can do nothing and love covers a multitude of sins.

Gordon DeVos


Corporate court win

The Supreme Court’s alleged conservatives recently voted to overturn 40 years of labor law precedent, ending a requirement for public employees to pay their fair share of union dues, while forcing their unions to still represent them.

The Supreme Court majority made this decision, known as Janus v. AFSCME, on behalf corporate interests. In so doing, they overturned a decision made by the court over 40 years ago that required people who got union representation to actually pay for it. Now free-riders can get something for nothing — the goal, of course, being the destruction of the unions representing these people.

The irony of the Janus case is this: Respect for prior court decisions is a deeply held conservative principle. Only a great weight of evidence, conservatives assert, can overturn a Supreme Court precedent. That’s not the case, however, when big corporations want a union busted, in which case, principles be damned. Some “conservatives.”

Philip Newton


Articles were eye-opening

There have been times when I thought I might send a letter to the MT, but none has ever motivated me to do so until now with your publication of “The Protectors” series.

As a teenager, I had two brushes with the law. In both instances the officers were business-like and professional, and I was treated me with dignity and respect.

Over the years, I have occasionally observed that police officers can project a stern, harsh, demeanor which can be intimidating and have wondered why they appear to be so. Your article was a real eyeopener and went a long way in answering that question.

I found myself literally getting goose bumps as I read about officers’ reactions and feelings when dealing with child abuse victims, their families, and even the suspects themselves.

Thank you, MT, and officers, for speaking on this topic. My hope is that everyone within reach of the MT will read this excellent series of articles and gain a greater appreciation for what our law enforcement officers go though as they “Serve and Protect” especially those of us who are most vulnerable — our children and youth.

Donald R Morneau