Ryan Summerlin November 15, 2012
To the Editor:
This is in response to the letter to the editor in the Nov. 9 editor, titled “American values are gone.”
After the person who wrote it said “the legalization of marijuana would cause more headaches than solutions,” she wrote “whoever voted yes on this issue must not have a sense of reason.” Are you kidding?
The letter goes on to say by legalizing it, it encourages kids to use it and that if marijuana sales will indeed create more funds for education, that she looked forward to schools handing out coupons to encourage kids. She wrote that if it DOES provide more money for education, she’s looking forward to schools promoting its use?
That is no less crazy than the rest of her letter stating we would legalize cocaine if it will provide funds for schools. Then she goes on to suggest making murder legal for elderly parents and asked if we even needed law enforcement or a judicial system, saying she is outraged, wondering where our values have gone.
Apparently the only right this person thinks we should have, is the right to free speech. Values? Does this woman know that pinball was illegal in many parts of the U.S. for more than 30 years? Pinball: I played it when I was growing up, but only because it was decriminalized.
The people in America choose what they want for recreation, whether it is pinball or pot, We have, by majority, decided WE WANT THIS. America’s values changed with the rise of the Internet. I think alcohol is the worst drug in the world, the amount of lives it has destroyed increase every single day, yet you can get it in a grocery store. People back during prohibition had no other recreational drug other than opium. It was legal in America at one time.
I feel that marijuana will provide a safer alternative than alcohol for ADULTS to use when socializing. Kids will always try social drugs, cigs, alcohol, prescription drugs from the medicine cabinet. This woman is complaining about the wrong thing: She should be criticizing parenting, if anything, and if she doesn’t like what Colorado’s citizens voted for, she should move somewhere less liberal or quit griping.