Letters to the Editor

SC marijuana laws should be rooted in science and public interest

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In recent news was an article that concerns the pending legislative efforts to make medical marijuana legal in South Carolina.

It was reported that the state attorney general, a leader in law enforcement and representatives of the medical profession oppose the legalization of medical marijuana. The attorney general and members of law enforcement are not lawmakers. Law enforcement is not a science-based activity; their opinions are just ex cathedra opinions; they are not authorities on marijuana. Also, just being a medical person does not mean that one knows much about marijuana; indeed, I suggest that some of the medical folks may know more about drug companies than marijuana..

Our state marijuana laws and polices should be rooted in science and the public interest. There is plenty of science and public interest out there, and it supports the current efforts of Sen. Tom Davis, Rep. Peter McCoy and many others in the Legislature and in the public to reform marijuana laws in South Carolina.

Larry Creel


Drivers and insurance firms are sacred in Columbia, not pedestrians

Columbia is not pedestrian-friendly. Cars and drivers are sacrosanct here.

A driver who hits a pedestrian crossing with the pedestrian light on receives a mere “failure to yield” ticket. A driver can be legally underinsured, and pedestrian victims can be unjustly punished by insurance companies if they, the pedestrian, are NOT at fault. Even if you’ve been paying health insurance premiums for decades, if you are not at fault, the insurance company has the right to charge the injured thousands of dollars. Count insurance companies as sacrosanct also.

It doesn’t sound believable, but it’s true. Many pedestrians are hit by cars in our city. Every week in Columbia people are hit and most are killed. I was lucky thanks to a person, not the driver, who saved me.

The recovery from the accident and all the injustices inflicted by the insurance company and those responsible for making our streets safer is a long, sad road.

Ellen Woodoff


Harris’ visit to SC was to brainwash black voters

As an independent voter, I always try to pick the person in politics that is qualified over basing my decision on their color.

Having said that, contrary to her sorority, Kamala Harris came to South Carolina from California where I believe she looks at our state as a bunch of unsophisticated, easily-led simpletons.

The news media told the American people that Harris went to South Carolina to tell the black voters she should be elected president, which amounted to her using her color to entice others of the same race. That may be acceptable to some but I take it as an insult.

This socialist-leaning anarchist with no leadership experience had the audacity to pick out the black people of South Carolina thinking she can lead them like sheep down the same old path to be slaves to the Democratic party that they have chosen for them for over 60 years. They throw out a few freebies and demand loyalty to the cause all the while giving them promises that they never keep.

Instead of having goals and incentives to thrive, they will become mindless robots to democratic rule. If this is what the black people in our state want, then so be it, but think about what we will lose again under the Democrats: Higher taxes, more regulations to kill industry, seriously bad race relations, disrespect in the eyes of the world, and on and on.

Gregory Topliff


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