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The drug thing


Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

I hadn’t planned on writing this article, but when I saw that it was going to be published in the 4/20 issue of the Journal, I felt I had no choice. You see, 4:20 is a prominent time in the day for marijuana users. Why? I don’t exactly know. As we have established many times before, I am an colossal nerd. Back when I was working overnights in the bakery, I once walked in from the back room and asked if something in storage had gone bad. My coworkers then had to explain to me (all while hiding smiles) that what I had smelled was actually pot. So, when it comes to this issue, I don’t have a lot of, shall we say, first hand experience.

But I do read a lot. And studies are showing, more and more, that marijuana is no less harmful when abused than alcohol or prescription drugs. And, possibly, like having a glass of red wine a day, marijuana might actually have some health benefits as well. I never have, and probably never will, even if it becomes legal... but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t be able to enjoy it.

I have to admit, and anyone who went to high school with me back in Mabel will back me up on this, I used to be a real hard-nosed, black-and-white opponent to any sort of illegal drug use. Being a teenager, I obviously knew everything there was to know about the world, and no one would be able to change my mind. But then, something wonderful happened: I grew up. No issue is clearly black-and-white, especially this one, as I learned when I turned 21 and found out that a Newcastle Brown Ale went just perfectly with my favorite burger. As Reagan said, “facts are stubborn things”, (and I’ll get back to Reagan later), so if I can make peace and adore the Schell’s Sampler Pack that’s currently in my basement, maybe there’s some hope for the way people see some of the scarier controlled substances out there.

The key word here is called “decriminalization”, not “legalization”. It’s not a crime for me to enjoy a Schell’s Dark with my family’s special recipe pizza, but it IS a crime for me to drink twenty of them and then think I’m the next Dale Earnhardt. It’s not a liberterian case of letting everyone do whatever, it’s putting in place a system that allows drugs when they’re not harmful, and manages them effectively when they are. The current system we have for our drugs might as well be called the “because I said so” system, because the government simply says that th .....
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Government this week - 4.20.15

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, April 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, April 20, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Monday, April 20, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. •Monday ..... 
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Letter about frac sand in the eyes of a child...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, “Mommy...mommmmmy, why don’t they like us?” “What are you talking about dear?” “There are three people at that meeting place in Houston County…they want to wreck where we live!” “What do you mean sweetheart?” ..... 
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Letter about Rushford school site needing a public street...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My son-in-law, Jim Lundberg, is a licenced civil engineer who specializes in new schools. He has examined the new school site in Rushford and has made it clear that the site will not work unless a public street is cinstructed compl ..... 
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Letter about get rich schemers...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, They’re back! Rick Frick and his merry band of get­ rich schemers. Two years ago, St. Charles wasn’t having his Minnesota Proppant plan. Maybe they didn’t buy the idea of a few guys and a shovel with no sand mining experienc ..... 
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Letter about 2014 investigation...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The results of a 2014 investigation into the actions of the Houston County Zoning Administrator has been released The law firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen was hired by the County Commissioners due to the sheer volume of ethics co ..... 
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Letter about Gudmundson...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Gudmundson has done it again. He has the most disrespectful and sarcastic column I have ever read. He proceeded to “put down” the President of the United States by stating Obama has a degree “from a trade school”. Does G ..... 
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Letter about Our tax dollars at work...

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, At the Houston County Commissioner’s meeting April 14, the county engineer, an architect, and county personnel in financing did a presentation for a new highway department building. Those in financing explained how funds can be ma ..... 
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One Moment, Please... God’s Not Dead

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Commentary

My intention with this commentary has nothing to do with persuading people to go to church. It has everything to do with thinking about our relationship with God and the church. Is our relationship one of convenience? I recently discovered the ..... 
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