Letters for the week of July 27…


Koonce’s star rising


Thank you for writing that excellent article on Lyn Koonce! I have been fortunate to know Lyn for about five years and have heard her sing on many occasions… at Pastabilities as well as other venues. Her talent just overwhelms me and I really hope the best for her. This is the type of recognition she needs. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing more as her career moves forward.

Randy Pugh


Legalize it!

Via email:

Dear Editor,

I recently read an online article from YES! Weekly via NORML regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to not legalize medicinal marijuana. I just wanted to say that I think promoting the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is and has proven to be a weak argument in the eyes of the law. Whether anything alleviates pain is a subjective argument at best and probably why legalizing marijuana as a drug to reduce pain has been fruitless.

Now, what if the issue were a matter of life or death? That is something which has greater consequences. Could it be argued that pot should be legalized because it may save our lives? I believe it can. And it basically comes down to the issue of water which is essential for life on earth. From an industrial and manufacturing perspective, we should examine the processes to make beer (or virtually any legal alcoholic beverage) versus the process of making marijuana. First the topic of beer. Any major brewery will share with you how much water goes into making their beer:

And from the EPA’s site on fresh water, 1500 gallons of water goes into making one barrel of beer. Now, I’m not sure if that is just the manufacturing process alone. Because, additionally, beer is usually made up of more than one type of plant (i.e. barley malt, hops, rice, etc.) all of which need water initially just to grow. Also, the EPA’s site also mentions that it takes about 62,600 gallons of water to make one ton of steel. (’ Steel). Steel is a primary material for the manufacturing of just the molds to make aluminum cans and glass bottles. I won’t even go into the heat energy required to melt aluminum and glass. That’s an entirely different subject matter.

Lastly, using water to make something which could kill you if you consumed too much of it is painfully ironic.

A marijuana plant, not unlike a fern, can be grown from a single seed and requires SIGNIFICANTLY less water to produce than it does to make one beer. So, it could be argued that if pot were legal, there is a chance we could conserve water.

So, if I were going to argue why we should legalize marijuana, it is because it could very well save our lives.’ 

Just my opinion of course.


Jerry D. Elmore

Orlando, Fla.

Kudos to Clarey

Mr. Clarey,

Your comments are as a drink of cool water in the heat of battle. And, Point of Order, none of us would affirm on the Talmud! The Torah or TANAKH might work.

Bryan Ogburn

Austin Texas

Ogi has fans

Yo dude,

Glad somebody who was there still remembers enough to give the youngsters a glimpse of the purple haze. My most appreciative thanks for bringing such delightful memories back into my mind.

Bob Thonen

via e-mail

My name is Abigail Melton I live across the street from the Haj’s and have been best friends with their daughters since I’ve moved into the neighborhood. (4 1/2 years). I watched Dr. Haj build the fountain I even would help him carry bricks. He would be outside every chance he could get. I was emailing you today because I have read your article and I totally agree with you. My mom and I have been trying to figure out some way the community could help the Hajes out. Maybe we could have volunteers come and help him plant plants in his yard or even donate some plants. I want to find out if this would be too deeming for the Hajes if so then what

can we do to help.

Abigail Melton


Article comments on

Reader JAMZ at home

Headline of Article: The experience of 102 JAMZ’s SuperJam

Man, you are alright. This was a damn good article. I’m home alone and crackin’ up. I never thought that I would find something online that I would sort of kinda be a part of. I use the internet for personal use but not to chat or any thing like that, but this is alright. I’m a black female from Atlanta, Ga. I must say that you are cool as hell. When I was younger I wanted to be a journalist. The older I got I thought it would be boring. Reading your article tells me I thought wrong. I guess it’s what you make of it. Now I work hard doing painting and drywall, and that’s slow, but I’m not complaining. Keep it up man.

Donnyka Sims


Equal protection a myth

Headline of Article: Get religion out of courts. Period.

A very well written and interesting article. One thing to consider about the US Constitution, however, is that ‘“all of us,’” do not ‘“have equal protection under it,’” as the article alleges. Last year my husband and I were wed in our spiritual tradition… one which is recognized as constitutionally protected religion by the US government. There was no sacred text present at our wedding because our tradition doesn’t have one. The important point though is this: even though we were married by an ordained clergyperson in a legally recognized religion our marriage ends at the Massachusetts border. While we are grateful for the growing trend of diversity recognition in this country as evidenced by the article, we yearn for the day when there is indeed, ‘“Liberty and Justice for All.’”

David Allensworth-Davies