Letters: Editorial column misguided

Tom Fletcher's comments draw response from Albertan

In Tom Fletcher’s editorial (“B.C. marijuana referendum misguided” Sooke News Mirror, Oct. 9, 2013, page 6) regarding the referendum organized by Sensible BC you completely missed the point.

This exercise is not intended to change the law, because it can’t.  It is intended to communicate to the chicken littles in Ottawa that the public sentiment regarding prohibition of cannabis has changed.  These chicken littles will never embrace change until the party is absolutely sure that they will still be electable in the next election.  In other words, they are not leaders, not proactive, not brave, not bold. Rather, they are followers, reactive, fearful and meek. Seeing as these are the only types of people who run in Canada, we the citizens must use these means (referenda) as bludgeons to attract their attention and soothe their fears regarding change so that these poor, meek, weak people may find a scrap of courage and make some small changes to this shameful prohibition. There is no other way to affect change in this country.

How could you have missed this critical point? It appears from the comments contained in your editorial that you are a complete statist fool and tool; whatever the statists assert is what you believe. I urge you to divest yourself of these chains on your thinking and look for the ‘fnords’.

Bruce Symington

Medicine Hat,

Alberta

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