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Letters to the Editor, June 14, 2013

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Updated: July 15, 2013 1:17PM



Pot is a gateway drug and should not be legalized

Legalizing pot will “hurt the drug cartels, raise millions in taxes and lighten the burden of prisons.” So says the nation’s top business paper and many other media outlets. Why not legalize all harmful drugs: the above results will even be greater.

This is the wrong message to our youth. Pot is the stepping stone for hard drugs. How many hard drug users never used pot? Look what happened in Holland; the cities are one big pot cloud. They legalized everything including a 16-year-old can get an assisted suicide.

The way to lessen the burden on prisons is to do the 6-month drug hair test as a prerequisite for release from prison. The addicts are getting drugs in prison and come out owing the drug lords when they get out. If the hair test could be used to check on probation violations that will get them back in prison until they are clean.

Ed Smetana

Arlington Heights, IL

Rudy Clay was a man of Gary, helped make the city better

In light of his recent passing and the admonishment it has stirred, as a voice and citizen of Gary for the summation of my 24 years, I have some things to say. For one, I have nothing bad that I’d say about former Mayor Rudy Clay. And if I did, I wouldn’t. I was raised better than that. It’s a shame how quickly people judge others when they aren’t around to refute the claims. There are those that would question his choices and leadership. I question their ballots first of all, their lifestyle, and their ability to see the good AND bad in all situations.

I don’t care to speak about politics, but instead about people. There are certain people for certain tasks. No one respects the civil servants who make their routine lives possible. I do. Rudy was ONE OF US, and he shouldered the responsibility of being our leader as best as he could. As fast as people have been to criticize his legacy, they are even quicker to ignore the previous mayor’s legacy. There’s a Sphinx in his Scott King’s “honor” (in what USED to be downtown) doing absolutely nothing to better the lives of those within city limits. Though I respect the Railcats as an organization, this is a basketball city.

Rudy didn’t build that Colosseum. Clay would have known the heart of Gary shifted south toward IUN and The Village shopping mall years ago. Why? Because he lived in Gary... the real Gary. He didn’t stay where all the millionaires run away to hide while pretending they still stay in Gary. Scott King did what he knew... he built something for the people that drive THROUGH Gary. And that’s gone largely ignored. Clay may not have a clean slate, but who does? And in a city with a million problems, who of us is HELPING to fix them? Some people expect a miracle to happen and turn Gary into a paradise. Others are ACTIVELY living to be that miracle. The objective is not perfection. It’s betterment.

What have YOU done for Gary? Judge that before you judge a fallen leader from your own community. Rest in paradise Mayor Rudy M. Clay, from us all.

Young Rilla

Gary



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