Get on with it
Marijuana cures nothing. The smorgasbord of illnesses it supposedly cures has little or no medical science substantiating the claims. Like any narcotic, marijuana can make most any symptom tolerable. Here are 23 of the 250 medical conditions medical marijuana is being prescribed for: AIDS, asthma, arthritis, cancer, depression, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, insomnia, poor appetite, nerve pain, Crohn’s diseases, hepatitis C, shingles, arthritis, anxiety, back pain, diabetes, anorexia, muscle spasms, foot pain and nausea. With the other 227 everyone qualifies.
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have legalized marijuana in some form (started with cannabis) and many other states, like Georgia, are moving in that directions; except for Native Americans living on reservations, who have been exempt from all federal pot laws.
Companies selling stocks in cannabis, medical marijuana and recreation marijuana are financing and lobbying for the legalization of pot are doing it strictly for the money. And states are stealthily moving to legalize, pot and the feds are ignoring the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. 811) for the same reason.
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So state legislators, stop the charades. Just legalize the stuff and be done with it. It’ll save doctors, police officers, employers, lawyers, judges and county and city governments from busting their butts trying to interpret and enforce meaningless and unenforceable legislative mumble-jumble.
Gov. Nathan Deal knows agencies dealing with the state’s social problems are at a breaking point. Add marijuana to the mix and the system collapses.
-- Travis L. Middleton
“American Sniper,” to me, was not just a movie, but an experience. You will leave with a better appreciation for our men and women in uniform who leave family, friends and country to fight the bad guys over there so we don’t have to fight them over here. The next time you see a member of our armed forces in uniform, shake their hand, cover their meal or pay off their mortgage -- whatever you can do to show you appreciate them. Go see “American Sniper.” You’ll be glad you did. EDIMGIAFAD
-- Jacob Cox
I can think of no other fantastic way to end the celebration of Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday than with a performance of the Million Dollar Quartet at the Grand Opera House. What great timing. It was a great production that was attended by a large, enthusiastic crowd from all over Middle Georgia. It is wonderful that the Grand can bring popular shows to Macon to its beautiful theater. Thank you for this memorable night.
Also, thank you, Jeremy Timmerman, for featuring my memories of Elvis on his birthday. I was honored to be included. I must correct two statements for my family and friends who know me so well. I first saw Elvis on television at the age of 12 and knew he was the singer for me, and Ellen Morgan and I attended our first Elvis concert in 1972. Although most women love to take years off their ages, I could not fairly do so, but I will always be young at heart with the music of my past.
-- Elaine Greene
Poor President Obama, he can’t bring himself to say the words “Islamic terrorism.” Most folks outside of Washington, D.C., realize that you probably won’t be successful fighting an enemy you cannot bring yourself to name. For that reason alone his foreign policy has been referred to as pathetic, delusional, juvenile and idiotic. Always eager to help our fearless leader, I’ve proposed some new names for future military missions against stuff like man-caused violence by unnamed aggressors; bombings by misguided non-Islamic people shouting “Allahu Akbar” and random workplace beheadings.
We can start with:
Operation Wavering Resolve
Operation Tepid Response
Operation Desert Snore
Operation Incompetent Endeavor
Operation Urgent Indecision
Operation Continuing Ignorance
Operation Midterms Distraction
Operation Dilly Dally
And I’d like to finish with a suggested title for his first post-presidential biography: “Profiles in Hesitation.”
-- John Brogden
Not the problem
In reference to Dr. Bobby Ray Holland: When I went to high school, we had three months off, not two like students have now and Willingham graduated 98 percent of its seniors. It seems to me summer time out of school is not the current problem.
-- Mike Luzier
On Jan. 22, the right-wing engaged in a second attempt to pass a jobs bill HR 7. The bill curtails publicly funded abortions and assures woman a lifetime job -- raising unwanted children. Pay per hour, minimum. Bright side, there is another way. Drive east on Interstate 16 at excessive speed. The rough infrastructure could cause a miscarriage or you might get a speeding ticket. If all fails, they can enjoy a day at the beach on Tybee Island.
Add HR 7 to the hundreds of jobs bills the right-wing has sent to the Senate.
-- Victor T. Volskay Sr.
Creating a win-win
It is with great interest I’ve been following the Second Street Square project and the Wilson Electric Co. controversy. There is nothing wrong with having vision, but when the vision means taking a company’s building just to make a square, there is definitely something wrong.
Wilson Electric Co. has been paying into the tax system since it was established in 1929. It should be honored and embraced, not threatened. What a great ending to this story if the blueprints were changed just a little, maybe using three lines instead of four and calling it a triangle instead of a square. Or, the way three points form an arc, creates simple possibilities making this small modification a win-win situation. When the right thing is done, not only can we appreciate the longevity of a family business location, we can appreciate the wisdom and vision of local government.
-- Judy Garrett
The Op-Ed spread
Dr. C.D. Marlow’s “World War III” and Rep. John Lewis’ “Selma” were the most brilliant, cogent, well-written and intelligent pieces I think the paper has ever run. I will keep both as references.
-- Avery Chenoweth Sr.