Walmart's efforts to support cities worthy of commendation
In regards to the June 14 article "Walmart donates $40,000 for harbor," I have heard from friends, family and Walmart employees from California to North Carolina about how Walmart is for the lower class? I have probably even agreed from time to time depending on the city.
I have to say I need to commend Walmart for the efforts to support
their cities nationwide. Most especially for their extreme efforts and
donation to the community I now consider home.
I have amended my thinking in regards to Walmart.
Gov. Brown complicit in taking from poor to benefit the rich
Complicit Gov. Jerry Brown, representing all of the people of the
state of California in the year of 2011, month of July, hereby picks on
the poor of California by cutting their SSI allotment so that rich
people who put him in office can play golf on public greens fertilized
by working class taxes.
Those that are penalized, the poor, the ones on the outside of power, are denied to enrich the wealthy.
Ongoing culture war against pot in U.S. a failure that should end
Regarding Robert DeRego's thoughtful June 4 Coastal Voices piece,
"The case for cannabis," the drug war is largely a war on marijuana
smokers. In 2009, there were 858,405 marijuana arrests in the United
States, almost 90 percent for simple possession.
At a time when state and local governments are laying off police,
firefighters and teachers, this country continues to spend enormous
public resources criminalizing Americans who prefer marijuana to
martinis. The end result of this ongoing culture war is not necessarily
lower rates of use.
The U.S. has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands,
where marijuana is legally available. Decriminalization is a long
overdue step in the right direction. Taxing and regulating marijuana
would render the drug war obsolete. As long as organized crime controls
distribution, marijuana consumers will come into contact with sellers of
hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
This "gateway" is a direct result of marijuana prohibition.
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Save lives, save govt. money: Call for ending military ops
This letter aims toward encouraging people's active involvement in
relation to removing the U.S. military presence in Iraq, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Libya. Individuals can call or write their congressman
or senator encouraging the need for U.S. withdrawal.
There is a big need for peace as well as efforts which will work
toward taking away immoderate military oriented expenditures (drone
attacks, private contractors, etc.) There is also the high cost of
returning veteran health care benefits. There is also a need to stop
multiple combat deployment (up to five reported). It's no wonder there
is such a high incidence of PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder.
So far there have not been enough votes to pass a resolution for
withdrawal. By telling your representatives about the need to bring our
troops home, hopefully we will be able to initiate action and achieve
results to bring peace as well as saving taxpayer money.
Thank you for your kind and cooperative attention.
Roger Wilson Galbraith