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Continued: Readers Write (May 9): Orchestra, medical marijuana, violence, Chris Kluwe

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Here, police shouldn’t be voice of authority

Why would Gov. Mark Dayton listen to the police over the medical community when considering the value of medical marijuana? (“Medical marijuana supporters push for legalization,” May 3.)

A front-page story the same day noted that suicide deaths have risen sharply among baby boomers because we have such easy access to prescription pain killers, drugs that are easy to take in a large enough amount to kill us.

Are we outlawing them because they kill people? Heck, no, even though they are widely abused by all age groups, including young people.

But medical marijuana for pain relief (a drug that no one dies from) is unacceptable to the governor because the cops say it is a “gateway drug.” And the loudest voice here seems to be a police officer, Dennis Flaherty — who is not a medical professional — telling us that the police are not really convinced marijuana works for pain relief.

What’s next? Will the governor appoint a cop to lead the state’s health care agency?

Alice Tibbetts, St. Paul

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Fulfillment aside, all of us need a greater guide

The May 6 Letter of the Day (“What we risk when we don’t offer paths to fulfillment”) notes that the elder Boston bomber was denied a boxing dream, leading to frustration and openness to violence. But many people who face obstacles persist and overcome them.

Further, can we really shelter the entire young population from adverse experiences? Where do people go when life is not fair? They go to their most deeply held value.

If that is the conviction that they are beloved children of a creator who cares for them and has a plan in the midst of chaos, and further if they hold to the teaching of Jesus that we should love even our enemies, they will rise above the circumstances.

On the other hand, if they believe in a culture of honor through revenge and especially if other people are seen as somehow unimportant as individuals, violence may result regardless of all other factors.

Eliminate poverty, promote education, provide employment, develop avenues for participation in public policy and build self-esteem in every individual, but if the human heart is not transformed, the solution will not be found.

Ross Olson, Minneapolis

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