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Resist urge to legalize pot

The Midwest is the next target for profit-oriented groups to expand medical marijuana as a gateway to then legalize recreational marijuana. This is just another social experiment. A wealth of social science research exists decrying the myth that it is low risk to society. It is short-term thinking to see this as a way to raise tax revenue and not count the high cost to society. Kevin Sabet, former senior drug policy advisor under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, is urging Americans to stop the next public health crisis from happening by stopping the trend of legalizing recreational pot.

There are economic costs to having a population “high” at work. Production, efficiency, and quality of work will suffer in my opinion. The mental health effect is another cost to society that can’t easily be evaluated.

We must resist the urge to pay for government expenses by sacrificing the health of our culture for generations to come through the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Linda Holub, Dakota Dunes

Gun editorial dishonest

I was disappointed, but not surprised, by your editorial on gun control in the Sunday Argus. You say we need a frank conversion, but then attack various individuals and groups and also mislead readers about the central issues. I find your lukewarm support for mental health legislation troubling at best. One simple question; Do you consider someone who would murder innocent people, and/or members of their own family to not be mentally ill? Red flag laws show some potential as witnessed in the last few days with police arresting three individuals that were allegedly planning mass shootings.They do have to be carefully constructed to preserve our constitutional right of privacy.

Do we need some more laws that only infringe on honest peoples rights? Take for example HR 8, the newest gun control measure. It requires that all sales of guns or transfer of guns go through a licensed dealer and background check. Even Dick Durbin, the sponsor of the bill admits that it would not have stopped any of the last mass shootings!  The supposed "Gun Show" loophole is a farce pushed by dishonest politicians. Most guns sold at gun shows require and get an instant background check run on the purchaser. The folks selling guns are licensed dealers and failure to do a check is a felony for them as well as a loss of their income when their license is pulled. There are private sales at shows, always a few guys walking around with an old rifle or shotgun on their shoulder with a for sale sign sticking out the barrel. Rare at best.

I think your attack on the NRA is even more troubling. The NRA is made up of several million honest citizens, and our dues are used for a number of things including firearms education classes. They also provide free training for police departments, school shield programs, hunter support classes, competitive shooting, women's training and support and support over 15,000 clubs, ranges and businesses. Yes they do lobby, but much of it is to educate legislatures about misleading and dishonest things that have been put forth by the media and the left. You might be interested to know that not a single mass shooter in the last 25 years was an NRA member, yet you blame them every time there is a shooting. 

Some of our new presidential contenders have talked about "confiscating assault weapons." I would bet that not a one of them could tell me what an assault weapon is. Some have gone so far as to want all semi-automatic weapons taken. Since at least half of small game and hunting rifles, as well as the majority of handguns today, are semi-automatic, this might involve 100-200 million guns. 

If we truly want to stop these senseless shootings, it has to be a combined approach, with all parties working together rather than the same old, blame everyone except the shooter mentality. 

You you want to help solve this problem start with a little honesty.

Bruce Brown, Garretson

Take a stand against HPV

Imagine a world where a shot could prevent not one, but six types of cancer. Today that is a possibility.

As a professor of health sciences, I am thrilled to say that we have the tools needed to prevent six types of cancer caused by HPV-human papillomavirus. Nearly 33,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV – and TODAY we have a way to prevent these cancers from occurring.

HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. The vaccine is proven to be safe, effective and provides lasting protection against HPV cancers that develop later in life.

The best ways to fight against HPV cancer is twofold: educate yourself about HPV, and ensure the young people in your life are getting vaccinated. The American Cancer Society recommends that boys and girls get the HPV vaccinations at ages 11 and 12.

To see a world free of HPV, we must act now. We need strong partners to stand with us. How will you take a stand to eliminate HPV cancers?

Susan Strobel, Vermillion

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