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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

We must fight legalization of gateway drug marijuana

The opinion page of June 7 had an outstanding commentary by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill concerning legalizing marijuana in Indiana. June 8 found an opposing view by 4th District Sen. Karen Tallian. Her comments surprised me as she is an attorney. What did not surprise me is her progressive agenda in such matters.

Marijuana is a gateway drug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported the national drug-related death rate has increased 21/2 times since 1999. In that same time period, Indiana health department numbers show drug overdose deaths increased 570 percent. In 2015, 1,236 people died from drug-related overdoses. Many of those are heroin OD's. However, many of those deaths resulted from moving from prescription medication to heroin.

Taking a stand against legalizing marijuana, such as by Hill, is a noble and wise endeavor. If the attorney general takes a stand to stop what people want to call a “recreational” drug, then good for him.

After all, how many DUI's and text messaging deaths have taken place as a result of a young person tipping a few after mom and dad went to bed? The cannabis lobby is spending a lot of money to get into this state. At some point, we have to say enough is enough.

If Tallian could shutter her progressive agenda, maybe, just maybe, she could save a person's life.

Dave Cooper

Churubusco

An attack on the economy

While everyone was distracted by former FBI director's testimony last week, 3rd District Rep. Jim Banks voted to kill Dodd-Frank protections on Wall Street, putting our economy back at risk for another meltdown. Banks voted to scrap the Volcker rule, which restricts banks from making risky bets with taxpayer-backed deposits; jettison the fiduciary rule, which is intended to protect retirees from getting ripped off by their brokers; and gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Remember this well in 2018.

Kevin Ledbetter

Valparaiso

Persistent rage is sure sign of a liberal's insecurities

I am puzzled how a newspaper that should aspire all points of view prints such nonsense as the diatribe of Stacey C. Herbst (June 9).

Clearly, this person is a liberal activist; she openly admits listening to talk radio that disagrees with the fire of social justice in her heart. Frankly, it is a shallow mind that cannot embrace differing opinions and lashes out against opposing viewpoints. Fox News has carried the market share of all cable news since its inception more than 20 years ago. Talk radio has been driven by conservative viewpoints for generations, as well.

At least Herbst does not promote violence as the liberal activists in Berkeley, yet the rage is still apparent. Fox News and talk radio are not the problem; the social justice movement is. Folks like these are on the border of radicalism when they find opposing viewpoints cannot be shared. Issues like traditional marriage, pro-life positions, and even Christianity in general have every right to thrive in this republic. It is OK to disagree with how Democrats view climate change.

Herbst needs a vacation when having the urge to silence differing viewpoints. CNN and MSNBC have whipped her and others into a frenzy, making them think they should become social justice warriors. If you do not like the coverage on Fox News or talk radio, you're free to go elsewhere.

The fact that she'd rather silence these outlets shows her own insecurities in her political views. It's a big world out there; stop worrying about opinions that differ from your own and enjoy some inner peace.

As for health care, Nancy Pelosi was the one who pushed the Affordable Care Act through late at night, knowing if the details got out first it'd never pass Congress. Private insurance companies are dropping the ACA because it is unsustainable not because of opposition on Fox News. Herbst could find some insight in learning what an unfunded liability is. Far too often liberals want to expand government programs without any solution as to how to pay for said program. The philosophical differences always seem to consume liberals while conservatives go about their day with inner peace.

That would be my advice for Herbst – find that inner peace and stop arguing with the radio or throwing a pillow at the television every time Fox News is present.

David L Nichols

Fort Wayne