Legalizing pot is long overdue
What a nation of hypocrites we Americans have become. While our elected officials use tragedies like the massacre of schoolchildren to push for gun control, ignoring the Second Amendment, Jan. 22 marked the anniversary of an atrocity equal to the Holocaust and all the war dead in all our American wars plus all murders.
I am referring to the premeditated slaughter of millions of children as a result of the Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. We will never know what wonderful people — maybe even a few presidents — we have lost in this slaughter, maybe even someone who could have cured cancer. I believe the so-called “justices” who made this decision possible should be tried for crimes against humanity, as well as those who continue to uphold it.
In regards to Kenneth Hart’s superb column on legalizing hemp and marijuana, right on! With all due respect to our law enforcement officers, legalization would take all the profit out of pot brought in from Mexico and elsewhere. People who are disabled and own small acreage and can’t get out to check it would not have to worry about dope heads crossing property lines to plant it on someone else’s land. Farmers, loggers and hunters would not take their lives into their hands every time they went into the woods to make an honest living.
Common-sense legalization is long overdue.
Evonne Henderson, Olive HIll
FairTax bill would create jobs
America works when Americans work. We have driven out of America millions of jobs over the last 30 years because we can’t compete with countries with lower costs of doing business. Our wages, benefits, regulations, taxes, etc. all contribute to driving up the cost of doing business.
Consequently, jobs go elsewhere. There is a bill in Congress, HR 25, that resurrects America as arguably the most cost competitive place to do business in the world, the FairTax bill. No more federal tax on income. Your gross pay is your take-home pay. Taxes to fund the government are generated by taxing consumption of new goods and services. To help citizens pay this tax on basic goods and services, a prebate is paid monthly to all legal Americans.
No favors for special interests; everyone is treated the same. Manufacturers worldwide would flock to the United States to build factories. Good-paying jobs return. Call your congressman today and ask him to support the bill.
Anthony Gasbarro, Fairhope, Ala., firstname.lastname@example.org