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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 08:52 am

Letters to the editor

God made cannabis
A sane argument to cage sick humans for using the relatively safe, God-given plant cannabis doesn’t exist [See “Medical marijuana,” by R. L. Nave, Feb. 26].
Another reason to stop persecuting sick citizens who use cannabis that doesn’t get mentioned is because it is biblically correct since God indicates He created all the seed-bearing plants, saying they are all good, on literally the very first page. The only biblical restriction placed on cannabis is that it is to be accepted with thankfulness (see 1 Tim. 4:1-5). And “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17).

Stan White
Dillon, Colo.

Medical marijuana
The medical marijuana push is a poorly disguised trick to sneak recreational marijuana in through a back door. There is no legitimate medical use for pot smoking. My guess is that most, if not all, those promoting it are current or past recreational users themselves. If you want to use this drug, be honest and support decriminalization of recreational marijuana.

You may even get support from non-users like me who see the hypocrisy of legal whiskey and illegal marijuana. If you are against decriminalization of marijuana, you should support another alcohol prohibition, but puh...lease don’t try to sell me the medical marijuana hoax, or the Brooklyn bridge. I wasn’t born yesterday.

Michael J. Hart

Bicycle unfriendly
I purchased a home on the north side in Enos Park area off of Fifth Street. Last year the city redid all sidewalks.
I am disabled and since these sidewalks have been redone, last summer I was almost hit by bicyclists more times then I can count trying to open my gate to leave my property [See “Advisory council aims to make Springfield bicycle-friendly,” Feb. 26]. The first few times this happened, the person on the bicycle was four houses away and closing fast. I never saw them coming and was just about run over.

A group of family members came riding right down the sidewalk. The little kid about 10 years old ran over my cat, smashed his head. The mother of this family told this kid the cat should not have been lying on the sidewalk.

I have had my fill of bicycles in this town. This year there will be hell for anyone riding on my sidewalk. If I get hit by one of these bicycles, with my disease this could kill me. The sidewalks are to walk on, the bicycles can stay on the road like the law states they must do.

It’s about time the police in this town do something about this, especially when the disabled are concerned. We all have the right to walk on our sidewalks without being run over or have to watch for bicycles. I have lived many places in this country, and never have I seen so many people break bicycle laws and the police do nothing about it.

Harold Sweet

Not Obama’s war
In your recent issue on medicinal marijuana (which should obviously be legalized) you put in a headline, “A peace activist’s concern about Obama’s war.” This op-ed piece about the most recent war in Afghanistan had a pacifist viewpoint. That is fine. But I cannot detect that in the article Diane Hughes stated or implied that the war in Afghanistan is “Obama’s war.” She states her opposition to the war and and escalation of troops and her desire for peace. But for you to name this Obama’s war is absurd. This is Bush’s war. He owns two of them — and a Depression. “Operation Enduring Freedom” began on Oct. 7, 2001. What was Obama doing? He was serving in the Illinois Senate, eating at Bentoh’s and smoking cigarettes on the sidewalk just outside.

David Woodworth

Warming questions
I find your reporting on global warming fascinating [see “Caring for Creation,” by Amanda Robert, Feb. 26]. I suggest you ask your sources these questions: Are you in favor or opposed to the formation of the Great Lakes? Do you miss the mastodons that walked over the ice bridge? Can you explain why McLean County has the richest topsoil in all the Midwest? What is the perfect temperature on earth? Where is it measured? Human beings exhale carbon dioxide and trees breathe it. How is that pollution? Don’t termites exhale more of this pollutant and plankton inhale more than all of everything?

I suggest one drive their hybrid as high in the Rocky Mountains as possible, then hike, uphill, for eight hours. Look down. Humans are termites. We have no impact on this earth.

I would suggest that there are no “misconceptions” in science. Bad reporting leads to ignorant conclusions. I really wish I still lived in Springfield and received your reporting more often. Until my fortunes change, I will be away.

Michael Taylor

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