To the Editor:
There are those who see the legalizing of marijuana, the encouragement of more gambling casinos, the increased legal hours for liquor stores being open as healthy progressive laws to aid the public.
The real reason, however, has little to do with progressive ideals – it has to do with increased tax revenue for a government that has been financially irresponsible.
It is recognized that the nation and the state is experiencing a significant problem with drugs. Much has been discussed about addressing that issue. Increasing the use of one drug while seeking to limit the use on another fails the common sense test. This nation experienced its worst drug problem at the turn of the 20th century and much of the problem existed due to the legalization of drugs. We seem to learn nothing from history.
If we as citizens of this state found ourselves in serious financial debt and sought alcohol, gambling and drugs to solve our problem, we would be branded as outcasts of society. Why does the government run by a standard that is unethical, illegal and immoral for its citizens?
There is a twisted sense of right and wrong that is permeating our society. Politicians should be held to a higher standard, not a lesser one. We must control our spending. If you are wounded, you stop the bleeding first. A transfusion does nothing if you are still bleeding! So what do the politicians do about it? Some seek solutions that include financial restraints, while others seem oblivious. They talk about it and talk about it painting a positive aspect that they hope will sell the voters.
The sign that hung by my desk before I retired fits this situation well.
“When all is said and done, there’s more that’s said than done.”