Pubdate: Wed, 21 Sep 2011
Source: Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA)
Copyright: 2011 South Coast Media Group
Author: Judith B. Sasmore


Maryland and Massachusetts, two states. What do they have in common?

An issue that I am addressing is that a representative from each state
is pushing to make two current illegal actions legal: Gov. O'Malley of
Maryland wants to allow illegals to go to college in this state on
in-state tuition at taxpayers' expense; Rep. Barney Frank of
Massachusetts wants to legalize marijuana. What do both of these
actions have in common? Garnering votes for these two incumbents.

Responding to O'Malley, if illegal people want to pay in-state
tuition, then the reasonable next step is to become a legal citizen in
this country and live in the state. Immigrants have successfully done
that for years and years. Why do we as legal voting and tax paying
citizens have to give in to illegals because the sheer numbers of them
make it easier to cave in to their demands?

What does that say to the parents who are citizens who are working two
jobs, and their kids who have part time jobs just to pay for in-state
tuition to get in to our colleges and universities?

Responding to Frank, because something is costly or difficult to
enforce doesn't mean that we cave in to that either. How would you
like to be a teacher (which I was for 34 years) and have kids in your
classroom on marijuana? This usage would filter down to middle and
elementary schools for sure in any number of scenarios. Kids high,
sick, or in a daze would not benefit from the best teacher presenting
the best curriculum, let alone one who's also on marijuana.

Nor do we need more drivers on the road who aren't sharp or totally
focused, or marijuana smokers in any number of professions or
vocations. Who would this benefit? Only the politicians who push it
through as law. Again, legal, taxpaying society would again pay in
many ways for the repercussions. Maryland and Massachusetts voters,
it's up to you.

Judith B. Sasmore

Keedysville, Md.
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