Taft 1, Oklahoma 0

Dave Devine's piece on Arizona's entry into statehood ("A Progressive Sweep," Currents, Dec. 8) reminds me that President Taft objected to Arizona's proposed progressive Constitution partly on the basis of his distaste for a similar one adopted in November 1907 by Oklahoma, a state he described for Arizonans as "a zoological garden of cranks."

Bernard Fontana

Close the 'Gateway' by Regulating Marijuana

Not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated ("Off Schedule," Medical MJ, Dec. 8). Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market.

Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug-trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity. The drug war doesn't fight crime; it fuels crime.

Taxing and regulating marijuana is a cost-effective alternative to the never-ending drug war. As long as marijuana distribution is controlled by organized crime, consumers will continue to come into contact with hard drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

Robert SharpePolicy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

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Regarding "Get Out of Town!" (Dec. 15):

I can't believe Brian J. Pedersen chose to pick on Chris Edwards over that awful screaming woman in the Express Flooring commercials, especially their current Christmas versions. Not only are the flooring company's ads as grating as fingernails on a chalkboard, but a quick check shows the company has a D+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, whereas Tucson Appliance rates an A+.



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