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Whatever happened to the irony of smoking to help against cancer? I'd love to hear about dispensaries who give out medical marijuana in non-smoking form, but don't want to subscribe to High Times to find out.

Posted by Buc on 12/01/2010 at 5:14 PM

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Um, is there something wrong with this opinion piece? Particularly in that it comes off to at least to this reader as a mostly childish self-affirmation to start and ends with a slightly retarded 'well, same too you buddy!' conclusion.
I'd like to point out a couple of interesting attributes in the end of this column. Let's start with the classic twisting of words leading in to that last paragraph; "Huppenthal might call that teaching hatred and chauvinism. I call it motivation." an example of classic (and amateur) contrary re-labeling of the concept. Make what offends you into something of your own. Certainly a powerful tool for younger minds with not enough ethical compass to guide them in modern American society yet the intended readers of the Tucson Weekly will easily ignore a single sentence paragraph with an obvious 'shock value' statement and check the context it is made in.

Yet this is where the problem lies.

In immediate context, the author is discussing his point with a movie reference as if that was credible justification for his opinion. Following the "I call it motivation." line the author immediately turns to generalizations much the same as his chosen opponents do. Using "people like", "they see themselves", "everything wonderful in the world", and finally "they hate" lumps the author's chosen opponent - white European Americans who believe they transcend ethnicity - into a group that supports Huppenthal and hates raza studies without thinking these things through. If you're preaching or paying attention to any egalitarian concepts (like ethnic or religious tolerance) you would not force other citizens into a group. That is diametrically opposed to civil rights.

Policy in these comments forbids personal attacks, so these questions are directed at the editorial staff: was this opinion piece actually considered good enough to print? Is the author actually an educator? Is the author making a point or just continuing a cycle of 'I'm rubber and you're glue' rants that perpetuate ethical stagnation?

Posted by me, Aaron Erkin - a voter against ethic studies and against Horne and Huppenthal. There would be a sentence here as to why, but then I'd be writing a guest opinion for the Tucson Weekly myself.

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Posted by Buc on 12/01/2010 at 4:54 PM

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