Commentary makes no sense
Now I've heard everything — Cathy Giessel is blaming poverty as "the real cause of pollution." According to the World Bank, the United States has the highest CO2 emissions per capita, while the U.S. owns over 40 percent of the personal global wealth. Something doesn't add up. Maybe Sarah Palin is ghostwriting for Giessel? From start to finish, Giessel's commentary that appeared Jan. 9 was incoherent, rambling drivel. Giessel is either ignorant, chooses to ignore science-based evidence, has been bought by special interests or all of the above. The time has come to replace her.
— Sarah Ballard
Pot needs health warning
So the once-sacred weed product for a certain segment of population has turned into another over-regulated business where the bottom line is of course money, i.e. taxes. AMCO and SHA (out of Berserkly) can debate testing all they want, but what's missing is the health notification to purchasers. Marijuana has just as many carcinogens and respiratory issues as cigarettes. Unfortunately we will not know the effects for years to come. So, to the people who spend their hard-earned money (if earned at all), spend away folks but don't complain you can't afford anything else.
— Liz Forsman
Legislators don't listen
Every time I read a letter to the editor asking fellow citizens to contact Sens. Sullivan and Murkowski and Congressman Young to express reasonable and logical points of view, I get sad because there is so much hope that it can change things. The reality is, our legislators already have their agendas that will be undeterred by said reason and logic. Apparently, what the people want isn't factored into their legislative decisions any more. Maybe the only hope left is to change the players.
— Della Dempsey
Homeless are not campers
Allow me to propose a question: Why is it when an individual lives illegally in a structure it is called "squatting," yet when a person lives illegally on a piece of land this city calls it "camping?" The word "camping" has a positive connotation; it evokes thoughts of family fun and togetherness. The word "squatting" however has a negative connotation, indicating an illegal activity.
I for one am tired of hearing residents suggest "Why not let them just set up a big camp?" If these residents had any idea what these sites actually look like up close, and the disgusting and illegal activities that are taking place in these "camps," they would never be in support of, or be promoting, such activity.
We need to change the public perception of this activity. I propose we start calling them exactly what they are, "squatting sites," not "camps."
— Rob Cupples
Trigger was a stable genius
As a child in the 1950s, I went to the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. Maryland and saw Gene Autry and his horse Champion. Later that year, I went to see William Boyd, who portrayed Hopalong Cassidy and his horse, Topper.
But the most exciting time was when I saw Roy Rogers and the amazing Trigger. I remember Mr. Rogers asking Trigger how much is 1 plus 2. Trigger lifted is leg and stomped once, twice, and a third time. The audience cheered.
Now, that was a stable genius.
— Mary Navitsky
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