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May 16, 2014

LETTERS: Organic fertilizer leads to DEA warrant; speeding on Ohio Street

Fertilizer purchase leads to DEA warrant

The war on marijuana is a smashing and overwhelming success, if you measure success by how many violations of civil rights, liberties and constitutional rights it has generated.

In a far-flung suburb of Chicago named Shorewood, the Drug Enforcement Agency and local cops entered the house of Angela Kirking for shopping for organic fertilizer. It seems that in itself is reasonable suspicion, if you shop at an Illinois home-and-garden store.

Police ran her plates and found her address. They looked through her garbage, which supposedly had a marijuana scent to it. Also, her electric bill was deemed too high. Finally, they got a judge to sign off on a warrant.

They raided her house with drawn guns and found a third of an ounce of marijuana. Yes, you can breathe easy knowing the DEA and police are on the case to go after suburban women who occasionally smoke small amounts of marijuana in their homes and go to garden stores.

If someone is smoking marijuana and driving then, yes, ticket or arrest them and take them off the road. But this is just stupid. Even the most ardent drug warrior must be taken aback by these tactics.

I am glad groups like the National Organization for Marijuana Reform or Marijuana Policy Project exist to counter these abuses.

Shaun Slack

Kokomo

North-end residents: Folks speed on Ohio

North-end Kokomo residents want to know what it takes to help slow down reckless, high-rate speeders on Ohio Street, from Morgan to North streets?

How about radar, speed bumps or a radar sign?

James Evitts

Kokomo

USPS continues its financial turnaround

The Postal Service recently reported a quarterly operating profit of $261 million for January-March 2014, which brings the operating profit for the first half of fiscal year 2014 (October-March) to more than $1 billion, with the $765 million operational profit during October-December 2013. Driving the successful, strong quarterly performance were the 8 percent jump in package revenue and — in a turnaround — the 1.6 percent increase in letter revenue.

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