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Opinion

November 6, 2012

Sound Off

Halloween

To the caller who said people have nothing better to do that to complain about the trick-or-treating change: Halloween is a big deal to kids and they don’t understand, nor should they be worried about the “turmoil” in the world. It is a night for them to have fun. They don’t understand why is it cancelled for no apparent reason.

Postal service

Let me please clarify a recent ill informed Sound Off regarding the U.S. Postal Service’s finances: “Rapidly deteriorating service and overblown benefits” are not the reason the USPS is losing money. The reason is a congressional mandate requiring the USPS to over-fund retiree benefits! Congress has required the USPS to fund retiree benefits for the next 75 years, in a 10-year span! We are currently nearing year 7 of that plan. No other government agency has this stranglehold plan. Before this plan, USPS was making profits. That congressional mandate is what is killing the USPS. We are required to fund retirement benefits for future employees, who have not even been born yet.

War on women

Boy, did letter writer Kathleen Garon get it right when she said that the real war on women isn’t the one we’re hearing about on the news. Planned Parenthood should be abolished.

Marijuana

I can’t say I’m surprised by your stance on Question 3 where you state that it’s been nothing but a fiasco in California and Colorado. California, yes because they have the loosest qualifications — basically a hangnail will get you marijuana. Colorado’s been tightening it up. Every state that has successfully made it legal medically has tightened up the rule. In this state, it would be a felony to abuse the rule. That would make it the safest state in the union that has medical marijuana.

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