Letters from our Readers: Marijuana policies save state resources

Although marijuana is not yet legalized in California via Proposition 19, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new law reclassifying possession of an ounce or less as an infraction. Possession is now equivalent to a parking ticket.

In many ways this new law doesn’t change much. Almost no one in California gets arrested for small amounts of marijuana anyway. Marijuana has been virtually legal in California for years.

What will change is that we will no longer be wasting state resources fighting a fake war on drugs. Rather than wasting tax money, marijuana will be generating tax money. And since marijuana is apparently safer than alcohol, perhaps more people will use it instead of getting drunk, which will actually lead to a safer society.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

Credibility question

Meg Whitman paid Nicandra Diaz Santillan $23 per hour for nine years. Diaz Santillan went through an employment agency that certified she was legal. Diaz Santillan gave forged documents to both the agency and Whitman. Does paying a housekeeper $23 per hour sound oppressive?

Diaz Santillan hired Gloria Allred, the queen of ambulance chasers. What does hiring Allred do for Diaz Santillan’s credibility?

Would you want your picture taken with Allred? Who seems more credible, Meg Whitman or Gloria Allred?

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

Empty campaigning

Few voters believed Meg Whitman’s assertion that she would “run” the state of California “like a business” despite the relentlessly intransigent state Legislature. So Whitman spent more than $100 million running egregiously negative
campaign ads.

How ironic that Whitman is now being hammered by someone else’s major-league negative campaigning. But let us not forget that all the negative campaigning will provide no solutions whatsoever to the many problems faced by California and its voters.

Riley VanDyke, San Francisco

Obama is less effective

For the past 18 months, President Barack Obama has used his persuasive oratorical skills on Iranian leaders. And what have been the fruits of that speechmaking? Ahmadinejad comes to New York, spits in our face and proclaims America murdered 3,000 of our own on 9/11.

I guess it was a lot easier on the campaign trail when countless college students swooned at the sound of Obama’s voice. Too bad the president’s sweet oratory doesn’t do the same to the thugs and tyrants that inhabit this planet.

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Preventing disaster

There is no exact measure to know just where our economy would be without the massive monetary infusion administered to corporations early in the Obama administration. It is entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the world economy would be in much worse shape than now. President Barack Obama continues to take deliberate and measured steps to right the course of the ship.

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

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