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Regulating marijuana; shining example of military

Letters Published: July 14, 2013

Regulate marijuana like alcohol

When Coloradans passed Amendment 64, they voted for The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012.

So what is the dilemma on taxation and regulation? Tax it like alcohol. Why waste more taxpayer dollars on an unneeded ballot initiative? Taxes that are viewed as too high will encourage underground enterprises.

Regulate it like alcohol.

Cultivate it under similar rules that govern Colorado-based microbreweries/distilleries . like alcohol. And, if localities decide to ban retail marijuana establishments, that ban should also apply to all establishments that hold liquor licenses. They, too, must be banned. Equal prohibition.

After all, what part of like alcohol is not understood?

A ban supports the perpetuation of a black market. Tax dollars that would have been collected by local governments will go to either those establishments in open-minded communities or to the black market cartels.

Don Heinz, Widefield

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Real danger of negative influences

In response to your editorial on a smoking ban in city parks, let me say this. I am not one to promote more government regulations. I am however, a child care provider and grandmother who takes young children to our city parks quite often. I expect the parks to be a clean, safe and wholesome place for these children to play. Smokers as a rule do tend to litter and take little notice that young children may be around. Now that smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado, I have personally witnessed pot smokers on two separate occasions in Acacia Park this summer. There may be little chance of second-hand smoke danger in the outdoors, but there is a very real danger of negative influences to young children, especially as more and more people start smoking cannabis in public.

There are many rules of behavior in our city parks. Dogs must be leashed except in designated areas, alcohol is prohibited, pavilions must be reserved, don't feed the ducks, swim only in designated areas, and on it goes.

The rules are to ensure that all people using the parks have a safe outdoor environment. A smoking ban is not prohibition. No one is saying that people can't buy cigarette or marijuana. It is just another way to make the parks more enjoyable to all who use them. I wholeheartedly support a smoking ban in city parks.

Jeannie O'Donnell, Colorado Springs

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A shining example of our military

I wanted to take the time to acknowledge to outstanding service that Spc. Sugar Ray Robinson provided to my friend and me on July 5.

My car broke down on the entrance ramp to I-25 south at Garden of the Gods. He not only took the time to try to fix my car, but spent at least half an hour, on his cellphone, trying to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department nonemergency phone number and my auto insurance company's roadside assistance. We were unsuccessful in our attempts. At that point, Spc. Robinson offered to drive us to a safer location. He actually went out of his way and gave us a ride to my home.

Kaye Wilcox, my friend and I were very impressed by his thoughtful kindness and want to let his commanding officers know that he went way beyond the call of duty to assist us.

Spc. Sugar Ray Robinson is a shining example of our fine military personnel.

Thank you for your service.

Pamela Koscumb, Colorado Springs

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