Interesting Ask a Cop article about four-way stops

Editor,

The April 29 Ask-A-Cop article on “Making sense of four-way stops” was interesting reading. I have cut out the article so I can refer to it at my next four-way.

Probably by the time I read through my options, all the other cars will be gone. I just pray that I don’t arrive at the same time as three aggressive drivers! It’s perfectly clear now, thanks to officer Steve Neubecker.

Robert Husek

St. Joseph

It’s time to legalize drugs in America

Editor,

Over the years, I have witnessed several people start smoking the wacky tobaccy (marijuana) for recreational purposes. After a while, these intelligent and motivated individuals had an obvious loss of intelligent, their short-term memory was shot, and most of their ambition was gone.

From my experience, marijuana is an unnecessary life obstacle, but I think legalizing pot is the right thing to do. The question I have, why are we stopping at marijuana instead of legalizing all drugs? Whoa, hold on there, how could that possibly be a good idea?

In 1920, the 18th Amendment forbid the manufacture, sale or distribution of alcohol. It wasn’t illegal to possess or drink alcohol, you just couldn’t sell it. Ironic? This action generated an entire crime syndicate dedicated to the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol. It took approximately (14) years before the government realized the goal of eliminating alcohol was an impossible task, and had in fact, increased crime. So, in 1934, the 21st Amendment rescinded the 18th Amendment. Great insight in my mind, and a lesson learned, but as usual, this lesson was quickly forgotten.

Opioids and cocaine were legal in the U.S. until the Harrison Act was passed in 1914. Marijuana was legal until 1937. Apparently, the prohibition lesson learned failed to be applied to pot. Passing a law is not going to stop people from doing what they want, and if there is money in it, like drugs, someone is always willing to take the risk supplying the product illegally.

Getting past the obvious government mistake criminalizing pot, how about opioids, its cousin heroin, and cocaine? The government has tried to stop that drug use for 104 years. Goal accomplished? No, so let’s apply our lesson learned from prohibition.

The U.S. spent approximately $60 billion in 2016 to stop illegal drugs. That amount is in addition to money spent for drug user rehabilitation. What could $60 billion be used for if drugs were legalized? Some could be added to the money already spent rehabilitating users instead of throwing them in jail. The FDA could control the quality of these drugs just like legal drugs are, and best of all, eliminate all the crime and violence which comes from making illegal drugs. That’s alot of money left over for reducing our debt, fixing our infrastructure, etc.

Hey government, we need solutions, are you listening?

Robby Hoffman

Coloma