Not worth two minutes
There is an unspoken, underlying premise on which those opposed to red-light cameras base their arguments: “I have a right to run red lights without getting caught.” No, you don’t! You have an obligation and responsibility to follow traffic laws; otherwise, you pay. There is nothing unfair about it. The law applies to everyone, even people who think you have the right to run red lights.
I believe that probably 99 percent of all traffic collisions are a result of people simply being in a hurry. When a person is in a hurry, he starts taking chances. He will roll through the stop sign. He will pull out into traffic with the risk of cutting off another driver. He will make unsafe lane changes. And he will approach a traffic light unprepared to stop.
If you are approaching a traffic light that has been green for a while, there is a good chance you will have to stop. So be prepared to stop. If the light changes to yellow do not ask yourself, “Can I make it?” Rather, ask yourself, “Do I have time to stop?” The average traffic-light cycle is about two minutes; many are shorter. Is it worth risking your life and the lives of others to save two minutes? Not in my world.
Repeating failed policies
Regarding reducing the size of the armed forces: At the start of World War I and World War II, as well as Korea, the U. S. military was a skeleton force. Progressive Democrat Presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, Carter and now Obama have repeatedly reduced investments in defense. They transferred the funds from the size of the military to social policies to enslave citizens by promoting government dependence.
This policy has encouraged our enemies to plan aggressive wars designed to defeat their opponents before we could react to stop them. Just the thought that we could quickly oppose any attack would discourage such plans and diminish our threats. Ask any veteran what it is like to be committed to deadly combat while under trained, equipped with insufficient and obsolete equipment, and with less strength.
All these leaders had campaigns against poverty with tremendous expenditures of money. Progressive Democrats are continuing to do this again after a century of failure.
It is possible to reduce the cost of a standing force by having a ready and trained reserve. Each American citizen, male and female, between the ages of 17 to 24, should be drafted into any of the armed forces for a period of six months only. They would receive both the standard basic and advanced training, plus night remedial classes could be offered.
Regarding “Medical marijuana debate turns testy” (front page, Feb. 25): Although some people claim therapeutic benefits from smoking pot, these cases should be considered similar to the example of Laetrile, which some people also believed helped them. But without FDA approval, both of those unapproved drugs are simply snake-oil medicines exploited by greedy drug merchants to swindle money from vulnerable sick people.
In light of soaring teen marijuana use rates and record high overdose deaths in this state, as throughout the nation, it should be recognized that a primary contributor to those family tragedies is the unintended message perceived by teens — that marijuana must be harmless if it can be used as medicine. Politicians who ignore the massive harm of marijuana to children, families, schools and communities and instead do the bidding of the professional drug legalization lobbyists should be held accountable.
The writer is chairman of the National Institute of Citizen Anti-Drug Policy.