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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Learning From DeMarco

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Some are born with good luck, but I was 30 years old before Lady Luck smiled on me with full radiance. She arrived in the form of a petite bundle of feistiness, inherent smarts, political savviness, personal warmth, playfulness and beauty both inside and out, named Susan DeMarco.

I apologize for turning inward for a personal commentary today, but DeMarco (as she’s called by all who have known her) is an admirable example of the virtue of citizen activism. She didn’t dwell in the media limelight, yet she’s one of our country’s everyday people who consistently works to make a positive difference in all they do, accomplishing so much more good than the bulk of politicos and other sparklies who are perpetually in the public eye.…

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Overdose Deaths Are The Product Of Drug Prohibition

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

During Prohibition, drinkers never knew what they would get when they set out to slake their thirst. Bootleggers often sold products adulterated with industrial alcohol and other toxins. Some 10,000 people were fatally poisoned before America gave up this grand experiment in suppressing vice.

So it was a tragedy but not a total surprise when three deaths were reported in Illinois from synthetic marijuana laced with an ingredient (possibly rat poison) that caused severe bleeding. Nationally, in 2015, says the Drug Policy Alliance, “poison control centers received just under 10,000 calls reporting adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids, and emergency rooms received tens of thousands of patients.”

People consume synthetic cannabis for the same reason people once consumed bathtub gin: Their drug of choice is illegal.…

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In Midterm, Republicans Abandon Obamacare Repeal

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Republicans have abandoned repeal of Obamacare as part of their electoral arsenal, reflecting the utter failure of their past efforts.

Since its passage, the GOP has told voters that if they took control they would “repeal and replace” the law that has helped millions to gain health insurance.

But now, as Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) admits to the Washington Post, “We probably can’t talk credibly about repeal and replace anymore.”

The paper notes that the issue has gone missing from the websites of numerous Republican candidates. The change has occurred in swing states as well as Democratic and Republican ones.…

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