November 26, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Two defensible regulations


On Nov. 15, you printed a letter from Rob Leach. In it, Leach offers a black-and-white perspective on American life. According to him, we should have little or no governmental guidance.

As a pre-teen, I was introduced to the hippie culture via movies, television, etc. Like Leach, these wearers of rose-colored glasses also wanted to throw off the yoke of “governmental oppression.”

Throughout history, certain people have striven to throw off moral restraints. The results were always the same. Egypt, Rome, Babylon, and a host of other political giants all faded into obscurity as a result of moral depravity. Copenhagen and Amsterdam are presently embracing this philosophy, and both are seriously considering imposing laws to curb the madness within their borders.

In relation to this, there are presently two political agendas being foisted by special-interest groups. One is the push to legalize marijuana. The other is the legalization of gay marriage. It is no coincidence that over 80 percent of all users of hard drugs started out as pot smokers. As for the other, I am thankful that the majority of Washingtonians still recognize that the only legitimate marriage is a traditional man/woman one.

Douglas R. Benn


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