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November 1, 2013

Nov. 1, 2013: Letters to the editor

‘End this dumb war on marijuana’

Downstate in Brazil, Ind., an anti-drug demonstration went wrong.

Seems that at the local courthouse, a mock drug search involving grade-school students and a police dog resulted in the dog biting the leg of a student. Marijuana was hidden in the clothes of a child, and the dog was supposed to pick out the correct student.

What is the point of this supposed lesson, other than to teach children to be obedient to the government when it comes to its obsession with drugs? We are teaching children it is fine for dogs to bite possible suspects, as long as the suspect might have some marijuana. This would be assault in any other case.

I have an idea. How about we don’t spend billions of dollars fighting a substance much safer than alcohol? How about we stop busting down people’s doors in the middle of the night with SWAT raids because of some unknown informant? How about we stop taking the property of someone not charged with an actual crime, under asset forfeiture?

Heck, why don’t we have medical marijuana in Indiana? I have supported marijuana reform groups like the Marijuana Policy Project in the past, and I will continue to do so until we end this dumb war on marijuana.

Jerome McCollom

Kokomo

Plan Commission member ineligible

In a letter to the editor recently, I expressed my disappointment in the actions of four of our County Plan Commission members and referred to their inexperience and one’s ineligibility. Many people asked me who the ineligible member was.

With Democratic Party chairman Linda Smeltzer’s letter to the Tipton Tribune editor on Monday, now everyone knows. What they don’t know is that Mr. Harry Diamond’s 2012 voting record was brought to the attention of at least one commissioner several months ago and nothing was done about it.

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