Letters to the editor for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
February 17, 2014
Leaders ignore voters' will, halt gay-marriage ban push
After the voters of Nevada passed a law designating that marriage be defined as a union between a man and a woman, Nevada's Democrat attorney general has co-opted with the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and decided that "we can't win after the Ninth Circuit changed the rules" (by deciding in another case that any law that deals with homosexual people requires heightened scrutiny with regard to possible discrimination).
Shame on our progressive, Republican governor who has fallen for such a vacuous ploy. Stand up, Nevada! The people of California voted twice to keep marriage and family values intact but because the governor (also a progressive Republican) and Democrat state attorney general didn't want to "bother" to show up in court to defend the people's choices, traditional marriage and the family unit in California are being destroyed. Now it's happening all over again in Nevada! I'm disgusted and saddened that, once again, elected officials have decided not to fight for what the voters who elected them want.
The Ninth Circuit is famous for legislating from the bench. Nevada needs to appeal this bad decision. If Nevada doesn't stand up to this insanity, we might as well have a Constitution bonfire because our elected officials are refusing to stand up for the wishes of We the People, and our votes are becoming meaningless.
Teri A. Cotham
I feel this country is becoming hypocritical. Over the decades, I have seen all the work and money that went towards getting Americans to stop smoking. Along with that, there have been many programs covered by grant money to stop children from trying or using drugs. One program that comes to mind is the DARE program. Now laws are being passed to implement the use of smoking marijuana for medical purpose. Along with the medical use, many are jumping on the bandwagon to get recreational marijuana smoking laws passed.
Now, to me, if something alters your mind, it will alter how you act, work, walk, and your reaction time. Not only that, but there probably are health concerns to go with it. The last thing is yes, they will drive after using it. They do now and it is not legal to use.
Bill and Marie Sweetwood