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When will the Madness Stop?

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The abhorrent satanic act of cruelty that took place at the Boston Marathon a week ago Monday reminds you of just how susceptible this country really is to any sick, twisted mind that wants to kill and mutilate innocent people. One of the three deaths was an 8-year-old boy. It seems about every six months there’s either a terrorist act or some mass murderer on the loose shooting up people before killing themselves. Why can’t these lost souls just go somewhere and blow themselves away?

As demented as it may sound, maybe we can consider ourselves lucky that there aren’t even more acts of violence in the land of the free. What with all the M4 carbine weaponry available combined with all the screws loose in people’s craniums, it’s no small wonder that there aren’t more malls, school yards, church gatherings or county fairs being shot up or blown up. We can only pray and hope that more Columbines, classrooms, movie theaters, subways, or outdoor sporting events aren’t on somebody’s agenda. I remembered how terrified I was when Charles Whitman killed 14 people from the bell tower on the University of Texas campus. More recently some lunatic shot up Virginia Tech. What’s almost as frightening is that it wouldn’t be that difficult for someone to simultaneously bomb our nuclear power plants, P.U.D. substations, and phone lines. When you think about it, it’s virtually impossible to stop. What’s to stop an organized attack on unguarded innocent people or buildings? Some of these crazies do it for Allah. 

Despite the fact the 90 percent of Americans want background checks, we can say thanks to Republicans for not having the sense to pass a stronger bill last week. Obviously taking money from your NRA campaign supporters is much more important than trying to stop gunpowder-brain killers from killing more innocent people.

Sacrificing Morals for Jobs

A lot of people have voiced their yea or nay stance on whether or not marijuana should be manufactured in Raymond. It’s almost damned if you’re for it and damned if you’re against it. I did vote yes for the passing of marijuana; I did so from a medicinal standpoint. Every one wants more jobs, and it is legal to a certain extent. Well, in some places, prostitution is legal and it creates jobs, but is that the right thing to do? Does Raymond really want to be known as the Pot Capital of the State? Pacific County already has a serious methamphetamine problem. Time will tell if it adds fuel to an already volatile situation or actually detour people from wanting to experiment even more. Let’s hope there’s plenty of drug testing for the people they employ? Just because marijuana is a safer drug than alcohol, doesn’t mean it’s OK for it to be promoted. I agree with decriminalizing it to a certain extent, but I trust the opinions of Sheriff Scott Johnson and South Bend Police Chief Dave Eastham when they say they just can’t give it their blessings to promote that plant on Port of Willapa Harbor land. Common sense says it’s not the smartest thing to do.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on 4/21/13. If you would like to respond to this story go to
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