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Public gets the bill
Re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13.
Six words to Matt Woodruff, who wrote:
“When a motorcyclist does not wear a helmet and sustains a fatal head injury, it will affect his family and others who depend on him, but the vast majority of people will be unscathed.”:
Taxpayers pay hospital if you can’t.
Janice Alexis Mekula • via email
The price of ‘liberty’
Mr. Woodruff omitted one potential outcome when a rider chooses not to wear a helmet (re: Letters 5/13).
If the rider survives an accident but with serious head injuries leading to lifelong disabilities that helmets have been shown to reduce or prevent, the rest of us must shoulder the costs in return for such “liberty.”
Jane Miller, RN • via email
Marijuana, the vulgar drug
Thousands of Americans die every year from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That is why the federal government set up a bureau to regulate these products a century ago, but they still are legal to possess and use.
Thousands of Americans die every year from common pain medicines including the likes of aspirin, Tylenol and Motrin. These drugs are also regulated but they are legal to possess and use.
Thousands of Americans die every year from consumption of sugar and junk food. Thousands die from sporting activities, and thousands die from occupational hazards. There are some regulations on some things but they will always remain legal in a free society.
We can make lists of many mechanical, chemical and life-choices that are known to be harmful when used as intended and yet they are accepted and legal.
Now, compare the known risks of everything else we allow in America to the documented risks of marijuana use:
No one dies from marijuana use (even the “super potent” stuff grown today); No one gets addicted to marijuana; No one “progresses” to hard drugs from marijuana, (the drug experiences are different, and do not psychologically or physiologically connect).
The only true risk from using marijuana is a criminal arrest.
Why is that? Why is a benign and safe substance that can be grown almost anywhere, which can be safely enjoyed with very little health risk, and possible medicinal benefits outlawed?
Answer: Because it is a “vulgar” drug, just like some four-letter words are vulgar.
Check the historical definition of the word vulgar: “of, pertaining to, or constituting the ordinary people in society: the vulgar masses.” ... “the common people” Marijuana, like some words, is not acceptable to the elitist class of America. It is not acceptable to the “one-percent.” It is not acceptable to the ruling class because it is something the poor, the working class, the people of “We the People” can grow in a flower pot, enjoy, and not spend a lot of money to produce.
Legal marijuana won’t make anyone rich.
That is the only reason it is outlawed. Which makes me one of the vulgar masses, because I think our lawmakers are full of spit.
David Petrove • Interlochen
Every time I use the Kalkaska public library I think, “Wow, this place is BUSY... and TINY!” Now, no thanks to Tom Backers and Citizens 4 Better Government (whoever you are), it looks like Kalkaska won’t be updating its inadequate, crumbling library.
Thanks, once again, to all of you who continue to rant about marginal tax increases that benefit the public good (taxes for roads, schools, LIBRARIES, etc.), while you continue to USE those same public works!
Do us all a favor – move down south to some redneck county, where they allow you to opt out of paying your taxes for things like... oh... say firefighting services. I’ll enjoy watching the YouTube video of your house burning down, while the firefighters stand by and watch (since you “opted out” of paying for their services – for real, this has happened).
Until then – why don’t you stop driving on our public roads, sending your kids to our public schools, and quit using our public library? If you won’t pay for public services, you shouldn’t be allowed to use them!
Scott Jones • Kalkaska
Found our rag...
I recently had the great luck to pick up the May 6 issue in Elberta. I was very impressed with the quality of the writing and the topics. That issue contained some important information about fracking, including the editorial, “Increasingly, Your Vote is Just a Joke in Lansing.”
My frustration is that my husband and I live in the UP, Cedarville area, and it seems the nearest place to pick up a copy would be in Mackinaw City. What part of the newspaper is included in the “Extra”?
Thank you for putting the paper on-line and in a searchable archive. Thanks for putting out such a great publication and I look forward to picking up an issue when and wherever I can.
Jan Reelitz • Cedarville
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The tax on seniors
We people in the middle class sure are paying a very big price and will continue to pay as long as Gov. Snyder is in office.
He sure has hit the poor old folks hard.
Too bad he and the rest of his bunch don't have to foot their own bills. They take from the seniors and give to the CEOs.
He has torn up a lot of live in Michigan.
Might as well move out of this state.
George Christensen • Cheboygan
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