Letters to the editor for July 18
July 18, 2009
I find it to be an absolute slap in the face to Al DelGreco not to be included in The American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament. As you are probably aware, Al DelGreco is a past champion.
Does this mean nothing?
Many of Al’s friends who are playing in the tournament have expressed the same displeasure that Al has been overlooked (along with Dick Anderson).
Even on the professional tours, the past champions are given exemptions to defend and participate in these tournaments.
Being Mr. DelGreco’s caddy in the winning year and a professional tour caddy (26 years), I find it to be very hurtful that Mr. DelGreco has been dumped by the powers to be.
This situation has left me feeling sad and upset. I can only imagine how Al feels.
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Melbourne Beach, Fla.
My letter to the Tribune (July 10) has hit some nerves and raised some hackles, especially among misters Childs, Balius and Long.
Childs wants everyone to be good and positive. I believe the truth, if it can be found, is good. And the truth is positive because it can be enlightening.
Balius says I bring “hatred to a new level” because of my public position and comments on the city manager. He says, “today it is time again for Mr. Jinkens to make tough calls.” Actually, Jinkens doesn’t make the tough calls. That is the council’s job. And there’s the rub. The city manager has usurped the council’s authority. The council makes policy, not the city manager.
Balius lists nine points. All the good things a council member should do. And he contends “to the voters, Mr. Crawford has just about failed in all of the above.” He doesn’t say I failed. I just about failed, he says.
Whatever does that mean? Balius also wants everything that is good and positive. As Mark Twain said, “It is good to be noble. And it is nobler to tell others how to be good and it is much easier.”
Long’s letter is about Ted Long, a subject he holds dear. He boasts that he did many good things as a councilman. He says I haven’t advanced any issue. Well, I have said clearly that I want the city manager to resign. That’s an issue because Long and Balius oppose my position. And Long, too, is noble. He gives commands. I should meet with the city manager. He must think that is good. True if meetings are helpful. And he implies that I complain as he is complaining, which I call a Longism. He lost two elections muttering his Longisms.
The Three Misters have advised me. I say thanks, but no thanks.
South Lake Tahoe City Council
In the debate over the legalization of marijuana, how can people consider legalizing yet another product that kills when used as intended, even if it is used to relieve the pain of people dying (usually of some tobacco-related illness)?
As far as I am concerned, tobacco isn’t even legal. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say there is a right to kill. Tobacco kills more than 5.4 million people worldwide each year. Just because our corrupt politicians continue to take money from an industry that murders for profit, does not mean we should “legalize” yet another product that causes asthma in innocent bystanders and contains almost all the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke.
If people want to use marijuana, they should go have a brownie. Freebasing anything is not only toxic, but also harms everyone around the freebaser. If we compare the 500,000 Americans who die from tobacco each year with the 2,500 people who are dying each year from illegal cocaine and heroin, which is six times less addictive, and the well over 100,000 people who die alcohol-related deaths each year, it is fairly simple to do the math.
When you legalize a product that causes disease, you create a sick society with addicts who become a burden to our health care system and mental institutions.
Legalization of pot would not even be a slight consideration if our government paid for our health care. Even the idea of legalizing yet another product that causes death and disease when we can’t even afford the $200 billion debt created by sick and dying smokers is ridiculous.
Do we now need to add marijuana deaths, mental health issues, and all the problems that come with yet another drug that will be with us like the tobacco plague for centuries to come?
With tobacco and alcohol as the leading causes of death in the United States, why is it inevitable that pot, which is even worse in many ways than tobacco, will be legalized?
South Lake Tahoe
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