Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 29, 2013 5:00 AM

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Prescription-drug pain

I’ll say there is a prescription-drug problem. What is happening is that doctors are so busy limiting the amount of pain-relieving drugs (while taking stances that “they are ensuring that a patient will not become dependent”) that they are failing badly those patients who really need pain control.

This is being driven by the current laws and self-directed by physicians who have not had training in identifying dependency —they are just making blanket decisions so that they are not in trouble. These decisions do not consider the patient at all. I tried for months to be told what was driving this. I got no response.

Recently, I had chronic pain for 11 months. I received a total of 35 codeine pills. Then I was refused, although they were helping me to get better. “Substitutes” were offered, which caused nightmares, falling, and hand tremors. 

So I was a victim of the laws and regulations currently in place. Blanket decisions such as these hurt those who really need adequate pain relief to recover.

Mari Struxness

Vote ‘Yes’ on 21-only

There are many who are convinced that young adults under the legal drinking age will be served alcohol in bars if the 21-ordinance is repealed. That just isn’t the case. If bars served underage persons alcohol, the penalties outlined in our city code would have put nearly all of our downtown bars out of business long before the 21-ordinance was enacted.

A conviction of serving alcohol to a person under the legal drinking age comes with a fine of $500. After a second conviction in two years comes suspension of the liquor license for 30 days and a fine of $1,500. A third conviction within three years would result in the suspension of the license for 60 days and a fine of $1,500. In the rare case of a fourth conviction of serving alcohol to those underage within three years, bar owners will have their liquor licenses revoked.

Bar owners cannot afford to put their livelihoods on the line. Even just having to close their doors for 30 days could put some bar owners out of business for good. Repealing the 21-ordinance would allow bar owners to increase revenue from cover charges and the sale of food and nonalcoholic beverages while providing a safe place for young adults to socialize.  

Vote YES on Public Measure G on Nov. 5.

Tanner Chartier

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