— By WILLIAM J. KELLY
The AP quotes, from an article in The New Yorker magazine, President Obama’s views on marijuana smoking. Evidently, the president smoked pot in his younger years. He said, “Middle class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.”
The president never mentioned where these poor kids get the money to buy pot, just that he thinks it’s not much different than smoking regular cigarettes. He also does not think users should be locked up for long stretches of time. I agree that users should not be locked up. They should, however, be given long sentences of community service, that is of real community service, whether poor, middle class or wealthy, and thus recover some of the costs of the police work involved.
One could say that we might have elected a pothead to be president of the United States. What do you think?
The president thinks that legalization of marijuana should go forward in those states where a high proportion of the user arrests are minorities who are then given jail time. Other people are smoking pot and are given a pass. When has it become a reason to repeal a law because many people are not obeying the law? What do you think?
I have thought quite a bit about the method law enforcement uses to attempt to stop the delivery of drugs. I have noticed, as I read the paper, that the law people are concentrating on the arrest of the big drug lords as a way of reducing the amount of drugs available on the street.
I have never been in police work, so my thinking that this is the wrong approach might not be viable. I have been in business for most of my working life, and the most important thing any businessman needs to survive is “customers.” If you take away sufficient customers, the business will fail.
Therefore, it follows that if we make it tough on the users by arresting them and giving them large fines and long periods of community service, it will discourage them and they will stop the recreational use of all drugs. When they do this, the supplier will go out of business — no customers, no business. It is also much easier to locate users than big suppliers. What do you think?
I see that computer scientists are developing a computer that can learn from its mistakes. I sure hope it does a better job of learning from its mistakes than our human brain does in many things, such as voting. For centuries we humans have been putting in office people who can’t think or see what is right for us. Perhaps we should spend more time programming the human brain correctly. What do you think?
• “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” was part of a eulogy spoken for Gen. George Washington in the year 1799 by Col. Henry Lee.
• For you sports fans – in 1943, the Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 41-21, for the National Championship.
• Just 12 people have walked on the moon. The last man to walk on the moon did so in 1972 — 42 years ago.
From Mother Jones publication, Rep. Michele Bachman, of Minnesota, said global warming is “all voodoo, hokum, a hoax,” and defends greenhouse gases by saying that “carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of nature.”
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma said that global warming is “the greatest hoax ever perpetuated.” I have read the pros and cons on this subject, and I tend to think it is a hoax. What do you think?
I hope your 2014 began better than mine. I had a water pipe burst at the end of the freeze spell, and then last weak a rodent chewed through the wires on my car engine. I am sure 2014 is going to be a better year than 2013. What do you think?
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.