January 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 9, 2013


---- — Marijuana legalization

TO THE EDITOR: In the next legislative session, there will be a bill to approve crude smoked or eaten marijuana as a “medicine.”

There are misperceptions regarding this controversial initiative. It’s important to set the record straight. Marijuana-legalization advocates would have you believe that smoking marijuana is the only alternative for cancer sufferers who have pain or the nausea associated with chemotherapy. However, numerous safe and effective medications and treatments are available to ease their suffering.

The anecdotal reports regarding “medical” marijuana are not reliable scientific evidence because the claimed benefits were not independently verified and do not reflect double-blind controls. The anecdotal reports may also be inaccurate due to the emotional expectancy of the person using marijuana and the placebo effect. In some cases, there may be deliberate exaggeration for ideological reasons.

There are no established doses for smoked marijuana. It’s unclear how it interacts with other drugs or medical conditions. There is much evidence that smoking marijuana harms sick people.

Citizens in medical-marijuana states have grown tired of the crime, noise and abuse that “medical” marijuana dispensaries bring to their neighborhoods. “Medical” marijuana is often sold in packages that look like candy.

The initiative ignores the Food and Drug Administration medicine approval process that has protected us for 100 years. It is dangerous to approve anything as medicine without going through the FDA process of scientific inquiry and study.

We strive to be a compassionate society, but there must be a balance between alleviating or managing illness and creating a system that does more harm than good. The road that the “medical” marijuana legislation is traveling is laden with potholes.


Lyon Mountain


Generous community

TO THE EDITOR: The 2012 holiday season was another wonderful time of the year for giving. Approximately 50 meal baskets were provided to community members who appreciated the extra help in making their Christmas Day a little brighter.

Although the stability of the economy continues to be a concern for many of us, it was comforting to have the support from our close-knit the community with assisting me in securing the food items needed.

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the numerous and very generous community members for the Townships of Jay and Black Brook who donated turkeys and/or non-perishable food items or monetary donations.

Further appreciation is extended to: AuSable Forks Knights of Columbus, AuSable Forks Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary, M&M Diner, Tops Friendly Markets, Price Chopper (Keith Shambo/bakery), Wal-Mart, Cruise Planners (Kathy Kyea) and Adirondack Computer Solutions (Travis and Jennifer Barton).

It is with honor that I offer posthumous recognition to the late Ryan Slater, owner/operator of Green Dog Landscaping and Design and a heartfelt thanks to his mother, Dorothy Changelo. Not only were holiday donations brought to my home before Mr. Slater’s passing, I received donations on behalf of his new business for virtually every fundraiser I was involved in for the 2012 calendar year.

As the kind words and generosity I received were overwhelming, I cannot emphasize enough that the success of this annual event is based upon the support I receive from members of the community. The “unity” in the word community truly exists in our small town nestled within the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and I look forward to us uniting again during the 2013 holiday season.


Event coordinator

2012 Holiday Meal Basket Drive

AuSable Forks