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Michael Colson, first, sex addiction and prostitution are not even close to the same as playing video games and eating chips while stoned, there is no comparison there, sorry. Get a grip on reality.

History lesson time: Prohibition, also known as The Noble Experiment, took place between 1920 and 1933. FYI it failed. In which transportation and use of alcohol became illegal, much like marijuana is today. Prohibition itself triggered a national crime wave.

There was a movement of people (also called temperance) that blamed alcohol for society’s tribulations, particularly crime. Just like the image marijuana has today.



The consumption of alcohol fell at the beginning of Prohibition, it subsequently increased rapidly thereafter. Alcohol became risky to consume; crime amplified, and became “organized.” Prohibition was mandated in the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution. The senate proposed the 18th Amendment on Dec. 18, 1917, having been accepted by 36 states. The 18th Amendment went in to effect on Jan. 16, 1920; this was the origination of illegal production or distribution of alcohol.

Then came the Volstead Act that distorted things allowing consumption of alcohol if it was prescribed by a doctor, marijuana is now prescribed. Significant numbers of prescriptions were written. Bootlegging became widespread and unmanageable; a new sort of gangster arose in history.



During prohibition the government did not have the resources to control the issue. People argued that alcohol consumption was a local concern, and should not be mandated by the federal government. The less government the better. By the year 1925, in New York City alone, there were anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 underground bars. Prohibition became increasingly disliked and unpopular during the Great Depression. 1932 Aug. 11, Herbert Hoover gave an acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination, he discussed prohibition and the need to end it.

On March 23, 1933, the president signed into law an amendment to the Volstead Act known as the Cullen-Harrison Act, allowing the manufacture and sale of certain kinds of alcoholic beverages. Dec. 5, 1933, the confirmation of the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, and prohibition was over.

Jolene Varley

Carbondale

According to a recent poll, at least half of the immigrant families with children are on welfare. Hardly seems fair considering that American families can’t get welfare even if they need it because it’s already being used up.

This means that the number of people being allowed into the U.S. every year is draining Americans. Twenty-six thousand per year are being allowed into the U.S. because they are below poverty level, yet we have thousands without work, without homes, living in tents and living on the streets. Congress is still not reducing the amounts of people being allowed here. Please call, write or e-mail your congressmen/women and demand that they reduce the numbers being allowed into the U.S. during this recession. As for those Latinos gathering to petition Congressmen for a comprehensive immigration plan, I think you better think again. As far as we are concerned there will not be a blanket amnesty passed if we can stop it. We stopped the last one.

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale


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