'Spoiled' politicians make case for term limits

Regarding the article “GOP share of Latino vote steady” in the Dec. 28 issue.

Democrats are frustrated that more Latinos aren’t driven to the Democrat party by President Trump’s immigration actions. Could it just be that this particular segment of the population has lost their hyphens? They aren’t Latin-Americans. They are Americans and are concerned about the greater good of our country and not the wedge issue being used to drive us apart.

They realize that the issue here isn’t about keeping immigrants out; there is a procedure in place for legal immigration. They realize the issue is border security. Who can be opposed to a secure border?

Our politicians are acting like spoiled children, if they can’t get their way nobody will get anything. Is there a better example for why we need term limits? It is time for the politicians to start working for the good of the country and not their party. For the life of me I can’t understand why they aren’t embarrassed by their actions. I think they should apologize to America and get to work for all of us.

Jim White, Clinton

 

Legalizing marijuana heads down wrong road

Gov. Cuomo has put recreational marijuana legalization at the top of his 2019 agenda. For the sake of our state's youth, I urge legislators not to allow this.

As a 17 year old high school student, I have seen the lives of so many of my peers damaged by the use marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco despite its illegality for minors. According to the CDC’s 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 35.6 percent of respondents had tried marijuana, 19.8 percent currently used marijuana, and 6.8 percent had tried marijuana before turning 13 years old. One can only imagine how much higher these percentages would be if marijuana were made readily available to the public.

The federal drinking age is 21, yet The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students 30 percent drank some amount of alcohol, 14 percent binge drank, and 6 percent drove after drinking alcohol within the past 30 days. The survey also found that 19.8 percent of respondents had been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property. These numbers are shocking and they show how easily controlled substances can be obtained by underage users.

According to the CDC, "When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce attention, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions." I hope and pray Gov. Cuomo will put political ambition aside and not let this legislation pass because no amount of votes or tax revenue is worth even one life.

Victor Gelfuso, Richfield Springs