Dear Ones:PLEASE DO NOT use the sons and daughters, grandchildren and nieces and nephews of politicians 'as weapons of attack'.
If you read me regularly, you know that I am not the greatest of 'Malloy fans'.
But our kids grew up together.
Little Ben (Gov. Malloy's son) was as common a fixture around my house as was the 'Nintendo Mario Brothers' he and all our other children enjoyed playing in my family room.
Malloys across the street...Malloys behind me...All the 'play areas' and kids melded together as they tend to, alternately 'here or there', depending on which mother was on 'duty'.
We all looked out for each other and our precious children.
So, it's GOOD that State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) made her apology and that is as it should be.
Apology offered and accepted, now PLEASE, lay off the Malloy kids, the Obama kids, the Palin kids, Arnold's kids and ALL the politicos kids...including Representative Anthony D. Weiner's (D - NY 9th Dist) as yet unborn child.
Let the children live in peace and at least have the opportunity to carve out their own lives and make their own mistakes, without the help of their 'elders'.
Let them SCREW UP THEMSELVES, for Pete's Sake!!!
As far as marijuana is concerned, I agree that criminalizing it to the extent that we do makes no sense at all.
But, as an alternative health care practitioner well-versed in 'herbology', I can tell you that I am unimpressed with some of the claims made for 'medical marijuana'.
Better to say, 'You just want to smoke it', in my opinion.
There are better appetite stimulants (pharmaceutical and alternative) around and purified THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol, the 'active ingredient' in cannabis) is just not that impressive in studies.
Yes, marijuana may decrease anxiety and depression, but it can also produce anxiety and mood swings.
It can also cause heart rhythm problems (tachycardia or increased heart rate) and there's no way it's smoke is good for your lungs.
And it costs a lot of money.
Sorry about that.
Of course, if you're dying, all of these are moot points.
If marijuana helps those with grave disease, so be it.
My fellow moderates & conservatives must understand that this 'decriminalization of pot' in CT is but the forerunner of approving 'chronic' (another name for marijuana) for medical use.
We live in an extremely liberal state and this is what 'the masses' want, in case you haven't noticed!
My thinking is that youth who are destined to construct their lives around marijuana will continue to do so...whether it's legal or not.
And adults who 'already recreate with it' will continue to do so.
So my advice is this: if you really 'hate' this legalization of marijuana 'thing', you might as well move out of Connecticut. That's what the Progressive Left say ALL THE TIME, and unlike most of what they 'spurt out' on the Internet, I believe they MEAN IT!
But if you continue your residency in the 'Nutmeg State', then all I humbly ask is that you leave politicians' kids out of the politics of their parents and other family members.
Parents either advise their progeny sensibly and intelligently or they do not.
We all read the police blotters.
And nothing you or I can do will make any difference with this anyway in Connecticut, except to just 'be there' when a young person is in trouble.
It's the decent thing to do and your conscience will be the better for it.
God Bless You
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"