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August 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM
Violent crime is worse
To the letter writer who was upset about drug crimes, I understand your annoyance. [“Northwest Voices: Crime in Seattle,” Opinion, Aug. 18.]
I get annoyed with drug users at times, too. But to equate a drug transaction with violent crimes, such as murder, rape, assault, domestic violence and armed robbery, is ridiculous.
Let’s get real here. What’s the bigger threat to you — the man beating up his girlfriend, someone assaulting a bus driver, or a recreational drug user looking for a good time?
Violence is always bad. I’m not going to judge nonviolent crimes. I’ll leave that for you to do.
Brian Fehr, Kirkland
July 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Group is necessary, not biased
In Mason Tvert’s letter to the editor regarding a marijuana-watchdog group led by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, he questions the bias of the group and claims they have a “dog in the fight.” [“Northwest Voices: Watchdog group on effect of pot on teens,” Opinion, July 15.]
Having read the article earlier in the week, I have to ask, who has the dog? As a representative for the Marijuana Policy Project, it would seem it’s Tvert, not the group who wants to watch for potential fallout that new pot laws may have on teenage use.
I, for one, welcome Kennedy’s group’s input, for it would seem an analysis of teen use by an unbiased party is of critical relevance.
The same old lines about pot being more difficult for teens to acquire now and about comparisons to alcohol are growing tiresome. What we need are facts and thoughtful analysis, and if the results indicate increased marijuana use by youth as a result of Initiative 502, then we, as a society, have some serious soul-searching to do.
Eric English, Seattle
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