E-mail letters, March 11, 2010

Christian zeal for love must exceed zeal to judge

In answer to letter writer Andrew Linder, first and briefly, I would be pretty much in agreement with his assessment of the Bible as God’s word.

Second, I think The Daily Sentinel’s title for my column was a bit unfortunate. Rather than “diversity of thought,” it would be better understood as “diversity of ” should be accepted by Christians.  I was writing to and about those who would consider themselves “saved” by faith in Jesus as Messiah.  It was not my intent to address ideas outside Christian circles

I mentioned I am no longer in mainstream ministry because of “conflict.” The core of that conflict was not that I believed the Bible to be uninspired, untrue or in error.  Rather, my interpretation of the Bible (on the subject of end times) was in conflict with the tribal creed. I think the Bible is God-breathed but our interpretations can be human and fallible. Divisions among Christians are usually sparked when some individual or group claims their unique interpretation of the Bible is divinely inspired.

Third, as to what constitutes a Christian, I acknowledge the verses you cite as definitive of salvation, but there are often less-quoted verses that also “thunder” from the Bible’s pages. How about 1 John 3:14-15?  “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

My point?  The true Christian’s zeal to love and accept their brethren has to match and exceed tribal religion’s zeal to judge and divide.

Timothy King

Grand Junction

Who pays for ads placed by gas firms?

I noticed a large ad by the oil and gas people asking “Guess who’ll pay for new energy taxes…...”

After pondering this head-scratcher for a while, another question came to me.  Who is paying for these full page ads? I’m thinking both questions have the same answer

Jim Thayer

Grand Junction

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably in U.S.

Regarding the March 8 editorial on GJSentinel.com about medical marijuana:

If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco.  Marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association.  Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best. Most Americans did not even begin to smoke pot until a soon-to-be entrenched federal bureaucracy began funding “reefer madness” propaganda.

Marijuana prohibition has failed miserably as a deterrent. The United States has higher rates of marijuana use than the Netherlands, where marijuana is legally available to adults over 18.  The only clear winners in the war on marijuana are drug cartels and shameless tough-on-drugs politicians who’ve built careers confusing the drug war’s collateral damage with a relatively harmless plant.

Robert Sharpe, Policy Analyst

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.

Medical put should be for those truly in need Want to know what is wrong with medical marijuana? One look at the gentleman’s hat on the front page of The Daily Sentinel March 11 will give it away. The hat

references “GETTING HIGH.”

I have also seen a news stories inside a dispensary referencing 4:20. Four-twenty is slang for getting high. I believe it refers to police code of under the influence of marijuana.

These guys are all scamming the system. I am for the use of marijuana for medical

purposes, but the people who are operating these dispensaries are doing it for all the wrong reasons.

A statewide system needs to be in place so that every person has an account that only allows them “X” amount of pot per week. As it is now, they can go in and purchase up to an ounce everyday. Who can smoke that much and be of sound mind?

If these people are really into it for the sake of the “people in need,” they should start policing yourselves.

Open up a dispensary and make it the model for the entire state. Have restrictions on the amount you can purchase in a day, week or month. Require appointments stating amounts that you will be purchasing. Have a two-door security system requiring every person entering to have a medical marijuana card. The card must be scanned and entered into computer with purchase history prior to allowing another purchase or even allowed through the second security door.

On-site inventory should be limited to the amount that would be reasonably sold

during an eight-hour business day. Also have some type of security present during operating hours.

Sure, some customers might go elsewhere. But dispensaries will be serving those who

are in need of the dispensary, not the abusers. Honest pot smokers, if you will. And there are who honestly need it out there.

When the government sees how they are policing themselves and not abusing the system, some of these personal regulations will be incorporated into law and the medical marijuana industry will start to be what the voters originally intended it to be.

Bert Fraser

Fruita



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