The Daily News prides itself on being the People Paper, an advocate for law and justice. For that reason, your editorial board should be alarmed, not satisfied, by the attorney general's abusive claim that she doesn't need to prove any intent to file criminal charges.
Blame shutdown on Obama's incompetence
President Ronald Reagan negotiated with Speaker Tip O'Neill and a Democratic House. President Bill Clinton negotiated with Speaker Newt Gingrich and a Republican House. Why? It was their job to do so and within their skill sets.
President Obama has stated that he will not negotiate with Speaker John Boehner and a Republican House. Why? Because he is incompetent and stunningly arrogant.
Joseph J. Catto
Pols should pay for their health care
These so-call politicians on Capitol Hill and in Congress pay nothing for health care. Why should these thieves be exempted? They all make over $150,000 a year, which they don't deserve. How do they define a year's work, when they only work about 9 1/2 months out of a year?
I'm retired and have a problem paying for my health care. My premium is going up in 2014. Let these thieves pay for health care like I do. Plus, these bums get a lot of perks, too. I said it before and I'll say it again: term limits! Vote the bums out!
Career politicians need to have term limits
Government workers have been furloughed without pay, while the people elected to serve continue to collect their pay. So this is how we show the world how democracy works. This is what we get when we have career politicians: They are only effective for two terms. After that they become self-serving, complacent and corrupt. We need term limits now more than ever.
We must use our voting power in every election, not just during presidential elections. Never "sleep" during elections because this is how the tea party was formed.
Timothy R. Young
At least we still have Wawa coffee . . .
The Eagles folded on Sunday. The government folded on Monday. I'm good, though, as long as Wawa remains viable. I can do without football, Independence Hall and Valley Forge National Park - but not without coffee.
Blame Big Business for pot being illegal
I asked a mother if she believed marijuana had legitimate medical uses. She nodded, then said, "I could never give marijuana to my babies. Can't they call it something else?"
We used to. A hundred years ago, we called it hemp and cannabis. Hemp was for rope and cloth, cannabis was for medicine. It was the same plant. And people smoked it to relax.
But hemp threatened big lumber as a source of paper and big petroleum as a source of fuels and plastics. So holders in those industries began a campaign to discredit hemp.
They took a word for hemp used only in Mexico and by African-American jazz musicians: marijuana. They created a national campaign smearing "marijuana." They invented studies and statistics "proving" marijuana is dangerous, lobbied Congress and had marijuana declared illegal. Most of those stridently pro banning "marijuana" had no idea they were banning hemp and cannabis, just as big lumber and big petroleum hoped.
We're still using the pseudo-facts and figures from a hundred years ago. We're morally outraged by marijuana because rich guys last century made lots of money getting us to feel that way.
Give marijuana to babies? Never. But a non-psychoactive tincture of cannabis can calm an infant's seizures. That's a good thing.
Terry H. Stern