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POT: Washington is just another cartel

In recent years, the United States government has spent billions of dollars and countless man hours, and even lost lives, in an effort to combat the production and distribution of illegal drugs.

Now, in our own state, we have a government that will control the growth, processing, manufacture, distribution and sales of marijuana. It will profit from the ridiculously high taxes from each level from the production to final sale. There will be stiff penalties for any activities outside the control or supervision of the governing entities.

So, short of executions, what makes the state of Washington different that any

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JFK: Unfortunate consequences of assassination

We recently commemorated the assassination of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. This event was a national tragedy that set in motion two ensuing tragedies: the rise in power of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

Johnson was put on the 1960 Democratic ticket to help JFK win Southern votes. John Kennedy and his brother, Robert, did not like Johnson, but recognized him as a necessary evil. Johnson couldn’t wait to get involved in the Vietnam quagmire. In fact, he tried to run the tactical operations of the war from the Oval Office. I suppose he thought his work in public

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POT: Time to move on against real threats

Re: “Feds won’t sue to stop state’s new pot laws” (TNT, 8-30).

President Obama, through Attorney General Eric Holder, has essentially decriminalized the use of marijuana, and this is a correct decision. Citing “limited prosecutorial resources,” Holder’s deputy James Cole explained the change in economic terms. The “War on Drugs” with respect to marijuana simply doesn’t work anymore in American society.

There are now any number of local “drug policy czars” who suggest this decision is somehow the beginning of the downfall of society. These old men are out of step with both society today and reality.

The reality

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POVERTY: Another war not worth fighting

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.” For this reason he has decided to surrender our nation’s 40-year “War on Drugs.”

Holder may be right. This war hasn’t worked. It hasn’t decreased drug use. It has simply filled up prisons and cost our nation money.

However, while he and the Democratic Party or at it, perhaps they should also surrender another failing, decades-long war: the “War on Poverty.”

The war was conceived by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 with the goal of ending poverty

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GUNS: Learn lessons of Prohibition, drug war

The Spanish philosopher Santayana said that those unwilling to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them.

Some of us remember Prohibition of alcohol. This gave rise to the gangster culture in major cities. Then Timothy Leary taught, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out” – leading to the drug culture of today.

The present “gun control” mania will create the same expanded market for firearms of every construct. The selling market has escalated. Just as it is difficult to apprehend drug dealers and their stock in trade, so it will be for the illicit traffickers in firearms

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ELECTION: Consider third-party candidates

It doesn’t matter whether a person supports Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Both will largely continue current policies on such issues a continued presence in the Middle East, farm subsidies, global warming, the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act and the war on drugs.

Where do these candidates differ? Obamacare? Bank bailouts? Spare me. It’s all meaningless “no-new-taxes” rhetoric. Funding space exploration? Trade with Cuba? Who cares?

Those who want to see real change in America should see that it is obvious that voting for “Rombama” is truly a wasted vote. Voting for the “lesser of two evils” still

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DRUGS: The folly of prohibition

Two related items in Monday’s News Tribune are worthy of comment: the new concerns regarding the abuse of bath salts and California’s new law creating penalties for selling synthetic cannabis.

If the definition of insanity is making the same error over and over again, then the absurdly named war on drugs is a prime example. The prohibition of adult use of plant and chemical substances has never worked and it never will. And the futile law enforcement effort against these behaviors occasions staggering societal and economic costs, without any possibility of success.

The United States came to grips with this

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PITTS: Don’t surrender in War on Drugs

In his column (TNT, 7-18), Leonard Pitts Jr. declared that we have lost the War on Drugs and that you cannot jail or punish people out of wanting what they want.

This is not a War on Drugs that we are involved in; this is a matter of public policy. What does our country stand for? What do we believe in?

Are we willing to tell our young people that “We know you’re going to do it anyway, so we might as well make drugs legal so you don’t get a bad record”? Or do we want to tell our

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