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Letters to the Editor / Online Comments

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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Response to editorial ‘Medical Marijuana Good For Patients,’ DI, Jan. 22

While there have been studies showing that marijuana can shrink cancerous tumors, medical marijuana is essentially a palliative drug. If a doctor recommends marijuana to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy, and it helps them feel better, then it’s working. In the end, medical marijuana is a quality-of-life decision best left to patients and their doctors.

Drug warriors waging war on noncorporate drugs contend that organic marijuana is not an effective health intervention. Their prescribed intervention for medical marijuana patients is handcuffs, jail cells, and criminal records. This heavy-handed approach suggests that drug warriors should not dictate health-care decisions.

It’s long past time to let doctors decide what is right for their patients; sick patients should not be jailed for daring to seek relief with marijuana. Students who want to help end marijuana prohibition should contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com.

Robert Sharpe
Policy analyst for Common Sense for Drug Policy

This letter is in regard to a letter from Angela Rogers published on Jan. 23, 2013, concerning the School District’s pending diversity policy.

Rogers’ letter states, incorrectly, that the teachers’ union “does not support the policy as written.” The Iowa City Education Association Executive Board and Rep Council, in its press release of Jan. 10, indicated displeasure with the district’s process, not the policy itself.

The Iowa City Education Association will conduct a full membership vote on both the revenue purpose statement and the diversity policy next week.

Tom Yates
president, Iowa City Education Association

RE: “Iowa City City Council votes to endorse School District’s proposed diversity policy”

This is such a well-written, informative article. It really goes to the heart of the matter. Given such insight, it would be nice for the author to explain why two elected officials and people of color spoke out against this ‘‘diversity’’ policy. Also Googling “turnaround schools criticism” may give some other points of view to address.

Gustave De Saint Victor


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