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Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008 8:27 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I do not favor legalizing marijuana in the United States. As a law enforcement officer, I am committed to fighting back against those who traffic any illegal drug across our border or in our communities. Drug trafficking is a serious public safety threat.

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DRUGS

AG says he supports current laws

I do not favor legalizing marijuana in the United States. As a law enforcement officer, I am committed to fighting back against those who traffic any illegal drug across our border or in our communities. Drug trafficking is a serious public safety threat.

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Marijuana sales are the major source of funds for Mexican drug cartels and their escalating violence in Mexico. Policy makers at all levels should be focused on the growing threat that violent drug traffickers pose to Arizona and all border states.

As in any responsible policy analysis, all possible responses must be considered.

I will continue to make fighting drug traffickers, such as the Garibaldi-Lopez organization, a top priority as long as I am attorney general.

TERRY GODDARD

ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL

Legalization would shutter cartels

Re: “Goddard might consider legalized marijuana” (Letters, Dec. 23):

Of course, many drug war cheerleaders will claim that re-legalizing marijuana will be giving into the drug cartels. Seventy-five years ago, when we re-legalized the drug alcohol, did we give in to the alcohol cartels?

No, we put them out of business.

Cartels exist because our stupid marijuana prohibition policies make an easy-to-grow weed almost as valuable as pure gold.

KIRK MUSE

MESA

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Priests deserve support, not punishment

I write as a Catholic commenting on the case of Dale Fushek and Mark Dippre’s ex-communication from the Roman Catholic Church for opening the Praise and Worship Center (Tribune, Dec. 16). When I read the Catholic Sun, the newspaper whose publisher is the bishop (which is why my letter is sent to this paper and not the Sun), I got upset.

Does it look bad for the Catholic Church that two former priests open a place that may compete for the same congregants? But nobody writes why they left. Dippre left to begin a new vocation as a married man. Fushek was accused of a crime that has yet to be tried. It is the church’s policy to place accused offenders on leave to allow due process.

The human side of this story is what many people forget. You have a man in Dale Fushek, love him or hate him, who gave his life to a vocation and a church that he loved. Since those accusations in 2005, he has been without his vocation, without his passion, and sadly, without the support of his church.

I don’t know if I agree with the opening of the Praise and Worship Center under these circumstances, but in all honesty, can you blame him? He is merely striving for an outlet to live his life and share his love and knowledge with people who yearn to have that same love and knowledge.

Unconditional love is not easy to practice since it’s much easier to love someone when they love you back. I guess it’s easier to distance one’s self from negative press than support a brother in his time of need. In the end, we have to answer for how we used our free will and that is not for me or anyone else to judge.

JOE USHINSKI

MESA

FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN

A waste of time

Full-day kindergarten was only one of many of Janet Napolitano’s bad ideas. There is no hard evidence that kindergarten in any form has any long-term benefits for any students. Kindergarten has always been a baby-sitting project. The success of home schooling indicates that quality time spent with parents helps children more than our government schools.

I was not a product of kindergarten. I was fortunate that I spent that extra year with my parents. That was one of the special times in my life. I watched my own children attend kindergarten and noticed that they had to be reprogrammed from play to work when they started serious schooling. I have always believed that kindergarten was a loser.

Liberals would take our children from the cradle and nanny them to the grave. Would anyone in your camp like to try and make a case for full-day or even half-day kindergarten except to give mom some down time?

VERN FULLER

MESA

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