Friday July 25, 2014
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So the feds aren't going to enforce the marijuna laws?? Tell that to the Washington state couple who were arrested because they were in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. Seems that a patrol helicopter spotted their plot of marijuna. They were later raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officers and served with a federal warrant.
If you can get your hands on the July 21 issue of Time magazine you can get more of the particulars.
Tom, Colorado also legalized pot. According to information that I have Colorado raked in $17 million in taxes the state put on pot. With that type of income a possibility, cash strapped states are going to look into legalizing pot. However, since the "legal pot" will be expensive due to the taxes, won't the illegal stuff still be sold and available because it will be cheaper since the purveyors of the illegal pot won't be paying taxes?
Frankly, I do not believe that legalizing pot or any of the other illegal drugs will make the drug problem go away. We will still have addicts and we will still have crime committed by those who have to support their habit.
If the federal government is challenging the Washington pot law, I think it might go all the way to the Supreme Court. Unless of course, the states and the federal government figure out a way to share all of the income. Now that is cynical!!!!! :-)
Pat, many of the illegals are day workers. They stand on a corner outside of say for example, Home Depot. Along comes a car that stops and the driver says, "want a job?" The person is hired for the day. Now if the car person is an honest person, the illegal will be paid an honest wage. If the car person is not honest the illegal just might not be paid at the end of the day. What can the illegal do? All he can do is write if off and hope he has better luck the next time.
We hear the bad stories about illegals who take advantage of the system. We don't hear about the ones who are taken advantage of.
How should a responsible society respond?
I think it is wise to take everything posted in social media sites with a grain of salt. People should verify with a reputable source any information obtained from social media.
Tom, sorry to hear about your sciatica. I have had the same problem. I'm OK now. Therapy did the trick. I know the pain, and I hope it will be taken care of with the operation. What plans are in place to handle the situation when you are out of commission?
It is suggested that anyone interested in Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District matters go to pswid.org, and read the minutes from the 6/26/2014 meeting. Maybe you can't make the meetings, but please try to read the minutes.
The following letter to the editor published in the Arizona Republic 7/2/2014 gives some explanation to my position:
"In response to a letter to the editor published Monday, 'Unlike teacher's union,' I support Huppenthal':
The Arizona Education Association is funded by its members, who are free to choose whether or not to belong, not by the state.
The AEA is the teachers' professional organization, just as the AMA is for medical professionals, and the Bar Association is for the lawyer profession. They keep us abreast of laws that affect us and represent if need be.
The reason so many are upset by what John Huppenthal, state superintendent of public instruction, did is because of his position. As a teacher I could have been fired if I had done what he did, or at the minimum I could have had letter of reprimand placed permanently into my file.
Shouldn't the head of the state schools be held to the same standards?"
Huppenthal should resign. Can he be impeached?
Tom, your suggestion that electing a Republican Congress and President to solve the immigration problem is simplistic. What the country needs are elected officials that want to serve the people and do what is good for the country. We currently have people involved who are much too interested in getting re-elected and doing what is good for number 1 rather than what is good for the country as a whole. The problem of "me first" is systemic. Look no further than Arizona state and local government. It is the same systemic problem that allowed the VA mess to be created.
I will say no more on this topic.
Pat, there are also toilets in the front of the plane, to the side of the cockpit door. These toilets are usually reserved for "first class." :-)
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