Letters to the editor - 6/30/03

June 30, 2003

Smoking is never healthy

To the editor:

What ever happened to common sense? Stan White's pro-cannabis argument is devoid of logic.

The truth is: Any foreign substance inhaled into the lungs is harmful. This includes tobacco, as well as marijuana. Your respiratory system is designed to provide your body with life-sustaining oxygen. Cannabis and nicotine impair this function - they are life-threatening substances.

It has been scientifically proven that the prolonged use of cannabis (and tobacco) shortens life. Those who advocate the "recreational" use of cannabis are living in a fool's paradise.

"Doctors" who advocate marijuana as a medicine are deliberately deceiving their patients and the public. The human body is basically a self-repairing organism. The body cannot repair itself or ward off disease in a constant state of chemically-induced euphoria.


There is no biblical statement that approves the use of marijuana, but there are plenty of statements that condemn it.

"Recreational" use of any substance is, in Bible language a "Lust of the flesh." Such lusts and desires are "un-Godly."

According to the Bible, Christ did not send any man to promote the use of marijuana. Such an idea flies in the face of both scripture and common sense.

Abortion "rights," gay "rights," legalize marijuana - these movements are motivated by the same false premise - people want to do things that are morally wrong - but, they want to avoid the consequences of their actions.

History warns us - such wrongheaded concepts did not work for ancient Rome, and in the long run, they won't work for us.

Richard Anderson
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Homeless should pull their weight

To the editor:

I, like many others, am opposed to the REACH shelter downtown. I applaud Lew Metzner for his speaking out in opposition. I have been reading all the articles and letters to the editor on this subject and have come to this conclusion. If they are going to receive free food and shelter there should be guidelines they have to follow.

Most of the homeless know where the help agencies are but they need to be forced to go there.

I have written the following as to what I feel is a good agenda.

1. Since REACH is a religious effort these people should be forced to attend church services.

2. If they have alcohol or drug abuse problems they should be forced to attend AA or NA meetings.

3. If they are not mentally ill or disabled they should be forced to seek employment.

4. In the interim of finding employment they should have to volunteer to work for other non-profit agencies. Their time needs to be occupied instead of running the streets. A person who is not idle has no time to get into trouble.

5. If they cause disturbances they should be evicted as they are at other shelters.

I am not opposed to helping others as long as they are willing to help themselves.

It would be interesting to me if these guidelines were followed how many homeless would stay.

Louise Dawson

With Waters gone, who'll keep staff at prisons safe?

To the editor:

I recently attended a retirement luncheon to honor MCI-H Warden Pete Waters. At the luncheon, he was honored by many for his excellence and his 34 years of commitment to the people in the Maryland Division of Corrections. Pete is blessed with the vision necessary to keep those around him safe, in what can be a demanding and dangerous work environment.

Throughout his career, he was subjected to a number of transfers in order to fill the division's most urgent needs. When there was a big problem, Pete was sent to solve it. Most noteworthy was his assignment as warden to MCI-H, subsequent to the 1991 riot, and the unparalleled success he had there.

In the twilight of Pete's distinguished career, Corrections Commissioner Bill Soundervan made an unreasonable demand. Pete was once again ordered to leave MCI-H and report to another institution as the warden.

As a matter of principle, Pete refused and opted instead to retire. Soundervan's foolish decision to remain steadfast with his demand simply defies logic. Why try to fix it if it isn't broke? I fear that many correctional employees will suffer, perhaps gravely, as the result of Soundervan's blunder.

It is inevitable that the weather will soon turn hot and tempers will get short in the prisons, circumstances faced many times by Pete Waters. Most certainly it was his innovative problem solving that has kept his staff safe and the prison environment calm these many years.

Just like Pete Waters, I care about the staff at the three local institutions. I wonder who will keep them safe now? Perhaps Soundervan has a few innovative ideas. Share them with us Bill.

Maj. David A. McCauley (retired)
Lusby, Md.

Thanks to 'helpers'

To the editor:

On Saturday, June 21, 2003, I fell over a speed bump in the Martin's and CVS parking lots.

I want to say a big "thanks" to all who came to my aid.

They were so kind, considerate and compassionate.

I'm okay and once again thank you. Such small words for the feeling to know people do show their concern for others. It's nice to know there are great people in this world of terror. Once again, thank you.

Ann McElroy

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