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Updated: January 19, 2013 6:05AM



State Police ‘super’ is right; legalize and tax marijuana

Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell recently said if it were up to him, he’d legalize marijuana and tax it.

That took extreme courage; however, I know Paul personally, and he’s never short on courage. And I agree with him.

Our names were drawn, and I had to fight him with a pugil stick in SWAT school in 1980. He was working for Allen County. It made me appreciate three minutes in hell. After 37 years in law enforcement, I totally agree with Paul.

The war is lost, and marijuana is never going away because it’s a no-brainer to produce. Citations, tax it, decriminalize, stop the cartels, end the murders, but find a way to chemically field-test drivers. Oh, I remember, it’s all about the grant monies.

I’m retired now and haven’t smoked it in 43 years, but the Moody Blues are coming to The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino — Hmm!

P.J. Adams

Dyer

Wrong that child molesters do so little prison time

I am so tired of reading about these sick, twisted people who get off on young children, and the fact they get off so easily by the “justice” system.

These young children have had something taken from them. A part of each child’s soul has been killed, and may lead to many emotional problems for the rest of his or her life. They have been manipulated and tortured, living in fear of what or when these acts could happen again.

How does it make sense that these abusers only get two to four years? It is a fact that the so-called “disease” is incurable. If they can go that long without getting caught the first time, who is to say they won’t figure out a better plan not to get caught again?

A person who sells drugs, a habitual traffic offender, and even a thief get more years then a child molester. Yes, a drug dealer contributes to slowly killing one’s cells, a habitual traffic offender may have put others’ lives at risks, and the thief has stolen material things.

What does a child molester not have in common with all this? He harmed their bodies by touching them in a sexual manner, he put their lives at risk mentally, and has stolen their innocence.

What must we do to keep these light punishments from happening and actually receive some justice?

Darius Smith,
Ashley Sutherland

Hobart

Can’t understand how people could have voted this way

I would like to say to those who stayed home and didn’t vote for whatever reason and to those who did vote so you could retire at birth — if you were allowed to be born in the first place — I think both groups will look back on 2012 in the not too distant future and ask, my goodness, how could this be happening in our country?

I just don’t understand.

Eugene Brown

Crown Point



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