Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 28, 2012

Letters to the editor - Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012

U.S. war on drugs threatens liberty

The war on drugs in our nation and the world doesn’t make any sense and is leading to a loss of liberty.

In cities across America, police can take away your money by threatening you with jail time, even if you have no drugs in your car after being pulled over for a traffic offense.

Yes, you don’t need to be charged with an actual crime under civil asset forfeiture to lose your property. Not much more than mere suspicion is necessary.

In San Clemente, Calif. – more than 50 miles from Mexico – Border Patrol agents took a man’s car because his son’s friend had a small amount of marijuana, along with a marijuana registration card!

Yes, you don’t have to be right at the border to have the Border Patrol stop you and ask you questions and take your car. One hundred miles of the border is basically a Fourth Amendment-free zone.

Nicholas Delpopolo, a U.S. judo athlete, was kicked out of the Olympics for testing positive for marijuana. First of all, marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug. It’s not like steroids. It does not give an advantage.

Secondly, it is legal in a few nations. There is no logical reason that it is banned by the Olympics, other than drug war hysteria.

Alcohol is illegal in some Olympic nations, specifically Middle Eastern Muslim theocracies. Should they get the power to ban alcohol by Olympians?

About half of the people in the U.S. have used marijuana. Michael Phelps has the most Olympic gold medals ever, and he smoked marijuana. Our national obsession with punitive action against users is, well, stupid.

By the way, isn’t it about time we had medical marijuana in Indiana?

Jerome McCollom, Kokomo

GOP has man who’ll cut the security net

At last, the Republican Party has a vice presidential candidate for Mr. Romney.

First we have Mitt, who won’t reveal his taxes because of his Swiss bank accounts, money in the Cayman Islands and who knows what else. He cannot connect with us. He has no idea how we have to live.

Then we have the congressman from Wisconsin, who is now the vice presidential candidate and bound and determined to do away with Medicare as we know it with a voucher program that leaves a lot of people to fend for themselves.

This man lived and breathed Ayn Rand, the Russian atheist author whose books he relied upon as his guide. His thinking is that you are on your own whether you are sick, disabled, poor, unemployed or old.

The tea party must be giddy. At last it has someone to get rid of Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security.

We have people here in this state, such as Mike Pence and Richard Mourdock, who look at themselves as tea party candidates. Go for it, guys.

Clara Biddle, Greentown