Legalize marijuana

As a person who has lived around people who use marijuana illegally every other day, I believe efforts to legalize marijuana should be pushed forward in New York as well as the rest of the states.

A reason to legalize marijuana would be that it would decrease the cost of health care across the U.S. With the decrease in health care, the U.S could spend the extra money on helping places like Flint, Michigan, which still doesn’t have drinking water.

Health care is one of the highest, expenses that the U.S spends on each year, and reducing it could help us get close to minimizing the country’s debt. That could allow opportunities to open up for the U.S., such as creating better foreign relations with other countries.

Legalization of marijuana could solve a big issue in the U.S, opioid abuse. Opioid abuse has taken the lives of countless people around the world. With marijuana the deaths by opioid abuse would surely go down. Marijuana could be used instead of opioids if it were legal; it could be a substitute for opioids. People wouldn’t have to fear getting addicted to marijuana as they would opioids, as marijuana has been shown to be non-addictive.

Legalizing marijuana could have more benefits.

Hunter Rodriguez, McAllen

Convenience vs. privacy

In reference to the article on how smartphone tracking help solves criminal cases, smartphones are part of our culture and smartphone tracking is believed to invade our privacy. However, if it makes life easier I believe it is worth it.

Smartphone tracking can help with our everyday lives. When I download an application, a location notice always pops up. For most people, they are annoying and make us think twice. But applications like Siri and Google Voice help give directions when you are lost and tell you what restaurant is closest when smartphone tracking is available. If not, most people would become frustrated and stressed.

It is also convenient for parents who wish to know where their children are in case of an emergency. I understand kids like to hide from their parents and get as far away from them as possible. Yet in cases of emergency, such as an automobile accident or if their child runs out of gas, children call their parents first for help and smartphone tracking gives parents an advantage to help find their child.

I believe parents should know where their children are at all times because it shows they care.

Smartphone tracking’s intent was to make life easier. Even though some would say our right to privacy is lost, most people seem to be fine with it.

Jake Barrera, McAllen

Band-Aid on border

The radical Democrats have again put a Band-Aid on the immigration carnage going on on our Texas southern border. They’re appropriating Americans’ taxpayer money to expand the heartbreaking illegal immigration carnage going on on our Texas border for their political takeover.

Real humanitarians want a cure, not a Band-Aid to this heartbreaking political football fomented by the socialist expansionist Democrats.

These tyrants don’t want an immigration carnage cure. The appropriation of billions for “the children,” in Nancy Pelosi’s grandstanding words, are totally detrimental to real bona fide lasting immigration reform. Her vision is for her political power, not for those families’ right to good immigration reform.

Personally, our family is living less than two miles away from this carnage. What we witness daily is heartbreaking and demoralizing to everybody’s health. Those illegal immigrant families, children and Customs and Border Protection are the real victims, while the Washington swamp is far removed from the carnage, grandstanding with their campaign speeches.

Also, Catholic Charities is dependent on the good Rio Grande Valley taxpayers to foot the bill for its respite center. Unfortunately, Catholic Charities Director Sister Norma Pimentel keeps earning humanitarian accolades and awards without ever acknowledging the altruistic selflessness of the monetary contributions from the noble humanitarian efforts of the humble Rio Grande Valley citizenry. Their goodness, efforts and contributions go unnoticed and unacknowledged.

Imelda Coronado, Mission

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