Letters to the Editor 01-23-14

WE’RE A NATION OF STONERS
Why do people choose to write about subjects they know so very little about?
Two examples: Ruth Marcus (column, Jan. 3) and E.J. Dionne (column, Jan. 10). Most things Dionne and Marcus write about are right on, but I am here to enlighten them on the truth about herb.
We are already a nation of stoners. Everyone is under the influence of something they are addicted to.
Whether it be chewing tobacco, cigarettes, coffee, “hillbilly, feel-good” pills, alcohol, sleeping pills, dark chocolate, soda pop, morphine, or heroin.
Skip Bayless on ESPN 2′s “First Take” is a very cool cat. He says he has never, or will never, smoke pot because he likes his straight, unimpaired, and unaltered consciousness.
He is addicted to Diet Dew. Until he drinks his first for the day, he is not as sharp and witty. After he has partaken his favorite (loaded with caffeine and artificial sweetener) Diet Dew, he becomes comfortable and more confident, and able to function to the top of his game to go after his co-host, Stephen A. Smith.
Smoking or eating grass or hash makes you comfortable, more focused on what you are doing, and more coordinated in the physical tasks you are performing with concentration being enhanced.
My point is, the war on drugs must end. You cannot call Diet Dew or refined sugar a drug because it is a food, the same reason you cannot call marijuana a drug.
But it happens to be the most nutritional food on earth and enhances the function of every system in your body. Sugar and the Dew do not.
All three get you high from the release of endorphins into the brain cells.
But with herb, you lose weight. Refined sugar, on the other hand, is the main reason the United States is No. 1 in obesity.
Terry Cook
Findlay

GET INVOLVED WITH THE SHELTER
There are two particularly remarkable volunteers at the Hancock County Humane Society.
The first has made it her mission every day for nearly five years, sometimes single-handedly, to get every single dog in residence outside for some exercise, air, and relief from the confinement inherent in a place like the humane society.
The second is the volunteer volunteer coordinator. He has led the parade to organize the system and the personnel to formalize the get-the-dogs-out-and-make-them-more-adoptable program.
Now is the time to honor this effort and see what you, the caring public, can do to help. The Dog Pet Pals would like to show you this wonderful program on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at an open house at the humane society.
Come learn about this program and see whether you might be interested in participating. Let’s honor Susan Calland and Tom Steyers by taking a look at what they and many others have accomplished.
Along the way, we will markedly improve the lives of these dogs who mostly, through no fault of their own, find themselves stuck at the shelter. They clearly are the beneficiaries of this effort.
Come, see what’s going on. You’ll be well impressed. Maybe you’ll want to get involved.
Sue Child
Findlay

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