Pot, politics and pistols

In Letters to the Editor

Palavering over pot

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to thank you for enlightening me (and others) with
the article “Pot Persecution.” I found it a very
interesting read… and the only of its kind. Gee… I wonder why
that is? Anyway, thanks for being objective, factual and without
bias. So few journalists are these days. Thanks!

Sarah, CSUF student

Dear Editor,

Your article was well written, I learned something I never
knew.Question: would it be cheaper now to make paper out of trees
or plants, considering that it takes less time to grow plants?

Maria Hernandez, CSUF student

Dear Editor,

Thank you for shedding some light on this matter for all of us. I
once heard on KPFK 90.7 community and public radio about the
efforts to suppress hemp and all of its commercial uses. I hope
that you will look into these matters also and let us know what you
discover. I think you can really influence the younger and new
generations of citizens and inspire them to demand and make changes
to our society to eventually allow hemp and all of its benefits to
flourish. Congratulations.

Victor Truong, Physical Therapist

Dear Editor,

Interesting article, never knew there was a paper issue regarding
marijuana. However, a lot of medical facts, positive and negative
not mentioned. All in all, well worth reading.

Corrine Rodriguez, parent of Santiago College student

Dear Editor,

I’m really upset about your latest article. Marijuana is
dangerous, even though I’ve never heard of a marijuana
related death yet, but if it was legal, then it would kill as many
people as tobacco and alcohol do now. So it’s a good thing
that it isn’t legal, even if it would be used to make paper
as a substitute for trees, that still doesn’t justify making
it legal. There are some medicinal properties about marijuana that
can be put to good use, but people misunderstand that. They think
that smoking a joint, or two or three, will be a good pain
reliever. No, all it does is put you in a daze and kill off your
brain cells. Once they’re gone, that’s it. And if
marijuana were legal, I think that it will create a bridge for
somebody to try and legalize every illegal drug out there.

P.S. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, not Eli Lilly.

Eric Vincent, CSUF student

Dear Editor,

Humanity faced a tragedy when Chechen rebels attacked a school in
Russia, which resulted in the death of more than 300 innocent
lives. Nothing justifies this crime, however, in his recent
article, Tommy Purvis claims that terrorism is a tactic employed by
the enemy and that the enemy is militant Islam. He ignored the fact
that terrorism is the weapon of the weak. Terrorism is used, in
most cases including in Chechnya, by those who have no alternative
method to fight for their right of self-determination.
Russia’s bloody tactics and basic human rights violations in
Chechen territories, which is ignored by the mainstream media,
is the main reason why Chechen rebels resort to terrorism.

Rashad Aldabbagh, CSUF student

Dear Editor,

Though California still has its own permanent, more stringent ban
on “assault weapons,” I’m compelled to respond to
the Daily Titan’s histrionic editorial on the expiration of
the federal version.

The ban itself was widely misunderstood. The Violent Crime Control
Act of 1994 prohibited the sale to private citizens of
semi-automatic rifles with certain ergonomic features. These
features (such as pistol grips and flash suppressors) had nothing
to do with how powerful or dangerous the weapons were. In fact, the
banned rifles were no more “ludicrously lethal” or
“profusely deadly” than many other similar
firearms.

According to the FBI, crime with semi-automatic rifles was
miniscule before the ban, so even a 60-percent drop is
statistically insignificant. As the Daily Titan suggests, the real
question is one of rights. Why should a law-abiding citizen be
prohibited from owning anything so long as he doesn’t misuse
it?

The editorial board answers by misapplying Oliver Wendell
Holmes’ famous remark about shouting “fire” in a
crowded theater.

The corollary to Holmes’ statement, however, is that if the
theater really is on fire, the responsible citizen has the right to
warn fellow theatergoers.

Likewise, if violently attacked, the responsible citizen has the
right to defend herself with a firearm. In a free society, we would
punish the abuse of rights but would not prohibit their
exercise.

Matthew D. Van Norman, CSUF Pollak Library

Dear Editor,

I pick up my LA Times and it’s there, I turn on my local news
channel and it’s there.

But I don’t expect it to be on my campus newspaper. 

I am talking about the President Bush bashing!

I understand some people and even some news corporations may simply
hate George Bush out of ignorance, but I sure don’t expect
that kind of bashing from my school newspaper. 

Since last year all I have been seeing is the Daily Titan
continually degrade, smear and deface our president of the United
States of America.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in freedom of speech,
especially in the press.

But when your school newspaper continuously week after week is far
from fair or balance with the other party, there is something just
not right. 

Why is that when I read the political column of the paper I
don’t read any positive news about Bush? 

Why do all the political comic sketches make fun of Bush and never
John Kerry? 

Why are students’ opinions printed about Bush always negative
but always optimistic about Kerry? 

Angel Barbosa, CSUF student

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