August 29, 2014

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Why did our city commissioners vote to support illegal drug dealers?

The recent announcement that our city commissioners voted to prohibit consideration of the possible establishment of state-monitored and state-taxed retail outlets for marijuana constitutes a vote to continue the monopoly of the illegal dug trade.

Despite the democratic vote of the public to legalize limited recreational use and sale of marijuana under controlled conditions designed to protect the public and our children, our commissioners voted to act against the public’s will by placing a moratorium on considering retail outlets in Newcastle.

This appears to be a misguided intention to keep marijuana out of Newcastle.

Wake up. Like alcohol, the public (including Newcastle residents) has used marijuana for years and will continue to do so. The only question is where they will buy it and if the state has a chance to control that. It is critical to understand this is not a question of supporting or stopping marijuana.

This letter is not to support the use of marijuana. Rather it is to recognize what the prosecutor’s office has recognized, what the bar association has recognized (both major supporters of the legislation), what our legislators have recognized and what the public has recognized — responsible use of marijuana (like alcohol) is possible.

What the above groups have also recognized (and we have seen from innumerable studies and research) is the black market and criminal prosecution of marijuana’s purchase and use is damaging to individuals and needlessly wastes our police, courts and tax resources.

This letter is to point out what seems to have been missed — preventing legal, controlled sales in Newcastle continues the black market monopoly that does not respect the laws prohibiting sales near our children’s schools and parks nor the laws requiring reporting, tracking and taxation.

Illegal marijuana dealers must be rejoicing over this decision to allow them to maintain their monopoly, control and market. As a parent and member of the community, I cringe.

Richard Cole


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One Response to “Letters”

  1. A. Roosme on September 2nd, 2014 12:14 pm

    The negative economic impact of PSE’s overhead power line will penetrate all levels of our community.

    It has been well established that overhead power lines, such as those proposed by PSE for the Eastside, destroy individual residential property values by 10-30%. The destruction is not limited to homes next to the easement only, but occurs over a much larger area. Unless the PSE proposal is prevented by the authorities, home owners in a small city like Newcastle will permanently lose millions of dollars in property values.
    Home equity makes up a big portion of a family’s investment portfolio. For many, it is the only savings they have. For retirees, home equity can be a big portion of the “nest egg”, and for many seniors reverse mortgages provide required financial security.
    Thus, the overhead power line proposed by PSE will destroy the financial security for residents in Newcastle and in all other affected cities/communities. Reduced financial security results in less discretionary spending and fewer donations, which will negatively affect local businesses such as restaurants, health clubs, coffee shops, as well as charities.
    Unless stopped, the negative economic impact of the overhead power line proposed by PSE will penetrate all levels of our community.
    A. Roosme MS, MBA

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