Thursday, September 20, 2018

Opinion

Voice of the People 08/13/18

A call for more pot research

Did you know there is a statewide push to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin?

While there are only about 10 counties in Wisconsin now considering an advisory marijuana referendum, many counties are unaware of this advisory referendum. The speed and lack of information provided with this advisory referendum should put a stop to any consideration of this referendum until appropriate agencies weigh in.

Those who deal with drug abuse on a day-to-day basis are not being consulted for their expert opinion, and some health and human service county departments are wholly unprepared to even address this issue. There is a report titled “Marijuana in Wisconsin” by the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Committee and Marijuana Ad-hoc Committee that should be consulted by all Wisconsin residents before voting on this issue (tinyurl.com/y8tlcn77).

In St. Croix County, the majority Administration Committee bypassed input from important committees, rushing the advisory referendum to the full board without the committee input. Why? There is an information website at tinyurl.com/​yd9rrjft or go to tinyurl.com/​yd58l4yn. There you will find additional information from experts regarding this advisory referendum.

We can learn from the mistakes of other states before those mistakes become our own. Please educate yourself before voting. There should be no excuse to have to say: In hindsight, we should have done more research.

DARLA MEYERS

Hudson

Racism, hatred must be rejected

I would like to say thank you to the U.S. special operations group that went to help rescue the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. Indeed, that was a heroic gesture.

Their act reminded me of the motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, “Love for all, hatred for none.” The U.S. must also set an example when dealing with the immigration crisis by helping poor nations to stand on their own feet. President Trump and his team should act with justice and equality with people fleeing hunger and war by helping them establish peace and security in their own countries so that they have no reason to abandon their countries and emigrate to the U.S. or other nations.

Let’s reject evil forces of racism, hatred and materialism that divide the nation and act with love, harmony, equality and justice to make America great again.

RAFIA WARAICH

Altoona


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