- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Where's the compassion now?
To the editor:
What happened to compassionate conservatives? Clearly they weren't paying attention to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 6-3 Monday to maintain federal anti-drug policies and ignore states rights in the case of Gonzales v. Raich.
Angel Raich has brain cancer and was prescribed marijuana as a way to allieviate her pain. She followed the letter of California law and did not profit beyond treating her condition.
The traditional avenue through which the feds intervene in the marijuana industry is interstate commerce: Pot grown in state A can cross to state B and be sold, affecting the overall cost of the black-market plant. Despite the lack of interstate commerce -- Raich could show that the pot was homegrown and was not sold or bartered -- the government argued that her garden-grown pot would affect "overall production."
In a government dominated by the compassionate conservative, no one finds it insulting that state laws can get spit on and the seriously ill can be denied medicine because it might make federal drug policy look bad?
A compassionate person would know that keeping medicine, controversial or not, from seriously ill persons isn't compassionate. A conservative person would know that the federal government ignoring state laws because they don't agree with them isn't conservative. And any American knows that ignoring the voters decision -- California's Compassionate Use Act was adopted by a voter referendum -- isn't American. I'm writing U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson next to say just that. Will any compassionate conservatives join me?
BAILEY HIRSCHBURG, Cape Girardeau