I can’t believe the Observer-Reporter devoted two-thirds of a page Tuesday to the story about “cooking with cannabis.” Are you serious?...
This is a rebuttal to a letter headlined “Reefer Madness” in the Sept. 2 edition.
Oh, my, ignorance is bliss. All pot users are overweight, homeless and uneducated slobs, really? Of the countless thousands of people I have met in my lifetime, many that are current and/or former pot users, greater than 90 percent are gainfully employed and over half of them are trade school and/or college educated. People that pay their taxes, own homes and often raise families.
The reason marijuana is not legal in most states deals with money, politics and elections.
Additionally, in an article I read in 2013, one study suggests that people who regularly smoke weed are skinnier than that of the general population.
The data included was from more than 4,500 adult Americans – 579 of whom were current smokers, meaning they smoked in the last 30 days. Roughly 2,000 persons had used it in the past, while another 2,000 had never used the drug.
Studied was the body’s response to eating sugars, their levels of the hormone insulin and blood sugar levels while having not eaten in nine hours, and after eating sugar.
It was determined that not only are pot users skinnier, but their body has a healthier response to sugar.
When we take in too many simple sugars over a lifetime, this system can go haywire, and our cells stop reacting to insulin, a syndrome called insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Pot users also had more “good” cholesterol and smaller waists. This study was published in the American Journal of Medicine in May 2013.
I gather that you have never heard of CBD oil that is being legalized with the passage of laws in many states, permitting the medicinal use of the marijuana to aid children with epilepsy, or the marijuana that is given as treatment to many cancer patients to help with nausea and/or appetite? What about the medicinal marijuana used on those who suffer from PTSD and certain anxieties? I could go on and on with articles and studies.
I agree that it is a drug and certainly not for everyone, just like anything the FDA approves is not for everyone. You cannot discount the numerous benefits to the medical community and the potential to help so many in the general population.
As season ticket holders, my husband and I are faithful followers of the Washington Wild Things. This year, they’ve had an exceptionally gifted team. For most of the year, they were in either first or second place in their division. Win or lose, they have maintained a never-give-up attitude and played exciting baseball. The team has more recently been in the playoffs, battling for the championship.
So, what’s the problem? For the entire season, including the playoffs, attendance at the games has been abysmal. Perhaps a contributing factor is the fact that the Pirates are no longer the “laughingstock of baseball.” But more importantly, the Wild Things do not get the media attention they deserve. After all, for thousands of fans, they have brought back to the Pittsburgh area the fun and excitement of true baseball. In fact, the reason my husband and I moved to Washington County was to be closer to the Wild Things.
At Monday’s game, I spoke to pitcher Zac Fuesser, congratulating him on winning the previous playoff game. He looked up and said, “But where are the people in the stands?” It brought tears to my eyes. How very disappointing it must be to play your heart out in front of empty seats. The love of the game and the sense of family they have as a team has seen them through. There is a small core group of season ticket holders like us who have staunchly supported them. We have great affection for these gallant warriors. I only wish that more people in the Washington area would have supported their hometown team and could have experienced the exciting baseball season we did.
My husband and I own and live on a working farm. We currently have about 60 head of beef cattle among various other farm animals. This summer I was in need of a few kittens to replace older ones who have died. I made three trips to the Washington Area Humane Society and was told on all three trips that they had no kittens. During the week of Aug. 18, I read in the classified section of the Observer-Reporter that the Greene County Humane Society was having an Adopt-o-thon for cats and kittens at PetSmart in Washington on Aug. 23. I drove directly from my job in Allegheny County to Washington, cat carrier in hand. Upon arrival, I was given a two-page application to fill out. I was very surprised at the numerous questions and the type of questions asked. I had to recheck to make sure this wasn’t an application for a human child. I had to give two references, my place of employment and was asked questions like, “How many hours will the pet be alone?”
Now, in the beginning of time, animals of every sort were created and were given a purpose on this Earth. I believe cats were created to keep the population of mice, moles, etc., under control. Over times, cats have become pets also. Both occupations are great and both needed. I am in need of barn cats to keep the mouse population under control from eating all the baling twine from square bales of hay laboriously baled all summer. The few cats that reside in the barn currently were dropped off by “well-meaning” persons. Why do these people drop off unwanted kittens at farms? I believe because they know the cats will be well taken care of. All my cats and two dogs are spayed and neutered. All my cats were “drop-offs,” and I personally took them to Animal Friends in Pittsburgh for their procedures. My cats are fed quality cat food every day and live in the barn. They have done this for 25 years. I have two large dogs who live in harmony with the cats because they were raised together. I am a responsible and very good animal owners.
The people at Greene County Humane Society told me at the Adopt-o-thon that the applications would be reviewed and I would be contacted in two or three days. When I called about my adoptions, I was told that they had been turned down because I was going to keep my cats outside. They only put up cats for adoption to people who will keep them inside. If I am not correct, I read an editorial in the Observer-Reporter the week of Aug. 25 on how overrun the Greene County Humane Society is with cats and kittens. I tried to help both them and myself, and was unsuccessful.
There’s an unspoken promise from one generation to the next that you will do your best to leave them a better life than the one you lived. Right now, we’re not living up to that obligation, but we can by taking action to address climate change.
By making our power plants more efficient, innovating in renewable energy, making our homes and businesses save energy and upgrading our infrastructure to be ready for the impacts climate change will bring, we will be fulfilling that promise. Taking these actions are vital to creating good jobs and addressing the threat of climate change.
We can leave a better life for our children and grandchildren. But we must start today. That’s why I support our nation’s efforts to address climate change. And you should too.
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