Letters to the Editor for March 7, 2013


Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:24 p.m.

Creating problems

In reference to the Feb. 27 article, “UF physician argues that medical marijuana really isn't medicine,” I would like to clarify two points.

Marijuana's federal Schedule I status hasn't stopped research. Several studies have shown beneficial effects of smoked marijuana in neuropathic pain and other medical conditions. Its Schedule I status has no bearing on international research. Moreover, non-marijuana cannabinoid research is exploding.

Although 8 percent of the U.S. population are current cannabis users, only a modest fraction abuse or are addicted to the drug. My point was that legalization of drugs is associated with greater use and abuse. It's no coincidence that tobacco and alcohol are the most used and abused drugs in the U.S., which is associated with tremendous personal and societal costs.

State-level legalization of cannabis has been associated with greater use, abuse and addiction. Why would we want to create more drug-related problems in this country?

Dr. Gary M. Reisfield,

Chief, UF&Shands Pain

Medicine at Springhill

Assistant Professor,

University of Florida

College of Medicine

Natural medicine

Dr. Gary Reisfield seems to be the authority on something he has apparently never researched (Sun, Feb. 27).

Doctors can legally prescribe the likes of Aprazolam (Xanax), which is addictive and far more dangerous than marijuana will ever be. It is obvious that Reisfield does not realize there are those of us who desire a holistic approach to healing.

The esteemed doctor is stuck somewhere away from the truth — which is that the marijuana plant is a medicine and offers a finer more complete relief from pain when eaten. The addiction threat is a myth.

Unlike the prescribed pain medications, when you are out, you are just out. No shakes, no jitters, no withdrawals — nothing. Take Aprazolam for a mere two weeks, then quit and see how your body reacts

Allow us natural medicine, if this is our choice. It is about time.

Jay Herron,

Williston

So much waste

The Sun's Feb. 26 editorial, “Kicking the can,” mentions the need for cuts to bloated Pentagon programs to have a comprehensive budget deal.

I wonder how many $1,200 toilet seats are in the budget for the new aircraft carriers, attack submarines and aircraft being bought for tens of billions each. Watch the Military Channel and you will see many other fantastic weapons that often duplicate each other.

I wonder if our planners forgot that a few men without an air force brought down the World Trade Center with just a few box cutters.

Or how about cutting all the tax money spent on gasohol that pollutes the atmosphere, and increases starvation in many countries. It is wrong to say we have to cut all the necessary programs when there is so much waste that should be targeted first.

George E. Acaley,

Williston

Dangerous approach

Confusion about pedestrian crossings can partly be blamed on government failure to advertise a significant policy change.

Apparently the law changed in 2008 and I was not aware, despite being an avid daily reader about current affairs. Suddenly about a year ago, school crossings had stop signs in the middle of the road.

I would suggest that the West University Avenue campus traffic signals be turned into yellow flashers, the speed limit lowered to 10 mph and speed humps or tables be constructed.

Left turns on and off the street should be eliminated. The University Avenue-13th Street intersection should be turned into a traffic circle. University Avenue between campus and 34th Street should be made into a one-way street going west and Southwest Second Avenue into a one-way going east, with traffic circles at both intersections with 34th Street.

It's past time that the U.S. abandoned its dangerous approach to intersection management.

Neil Letts,

Hawthorne

Wild-eyed mindset

It's unfortunate that The Sun can't see fit to filter out the lies and ignorance recently spewed by Clayton Smith in his rant against U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (Sun, March 3).

Yoho was not “selected.” He won a tightly contested, three-way primary election against two respected and entrenched opponents, both of whom the tea party had supported in the past. He then beat some non-entity Democrat in the regular election.

Gerrymandering works both ways. Way back, it gave Florida Corrine Brown. Recently it rezoned one of the brightest Republican spots in the U.S. House, Alan West, right out of his seat.

Smith revealed his wild-eyed mindset by claiming the “bought and paid for GOP Inc.” has diluted politically-correct thinking voters in the cities with rural ignoramuses who've been working for a living without the benefit of government handouts.

Who writes his lyrics, the organizers of Occupy Wall Street?

Robert Tolmach,

Gainesville

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