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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 3): Oil trains, population growth, obesity, marijuana, mail delivery, CPR at Afton Alps

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Another battle zone in defense of freedom

The writer of “Five myths about obesity,” (Dec. 31) provided insightful, constructive information about cause-and-effect factors of obesity and about some myths that relate to the subject. However, she went on to advocate further “standards and regulations to protect Americans from overeating.”

This kind of mentality actually scares me. There are so many self-interest groups today that are influential enough to get their agendas on the government docket. This always seems to lead to further government intrusion and control of our freedoms and liberties relative to choices in and about our own lives. What galls me most is that these intrusions are initiated by politically inbred groups who are totally disconnected from the American constituency.

JON MCCOLLUM, Plymouth

MARIJUANA

Colorado’s example for smart policy

I never thought I would see it in my lifetime (“Colorado begins 2014 on a high note,” Jan. 2). Hats off to that state for having enough sense to see the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Decriminalization means money out of the hands of criminals, and court time and jail time freed from the prosecution of weed. This saves the taxpayers money while also making money in the form of taxes on the sale of all products associated with the market. That’s a double dip.

Please stop protecting us from ourselves. Alcohol went through the same process and has been a cash cow ever since. Time to wake up and smell the flowers.

DEAN STRUNC, Crystal

MAIL DELIVERY

Here’s what’s at core of possible service cuts

So the writer of the Jan. 2 Letter of the Day (“My mail experience shows less-frequent delivery is fine”) thinks that “six-day-a-week residential mail delivery borders on the obscene.” I’ll tell you what I think is obscene: the relentless Republican assault on middle-class, blue-collar, unionized postal employees whose wages and benefits set the benchmark for the rest of us working fools. That’s what it’s all about.

Here’s my idea: Every veteran returning after service to his country should be guaranteed a job with the Post Office. I don’t care if mail delivery is seven days a week and twice on Sundays.

TIM WIRTH, Lakeland

CPR AT AFTON ALPS

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