Pubdate: Fri, 13 Oct 2000
Source: Anchorage Daily News (AK)
Copyright: 2000 The Anchorage Daily News
Author: Chip Dennison


The governor and the first lady have weighed in on Proposition 5, and 
surprise, surprise, they are against it. It seems that no politician can 
resist the urge to control the public. It might be impossible to find an 
example of government relaxing its power over the people it is supposed to 
be serving.

Just like all the other anti-personal freedom crusaders, they wax 
apocalyptic on the possibility of citizens' making their own choices. The 
governor would have us believe that Proposition 5 will allow elementary 
school children to smoke pot and release "convicts" onto the streets. This 
is a pathetic and obvious attempt to use inflammatory language to scare any 
undecided voters away from supporting the initiative. How can they in one 
sentence worry about little kids smoking pot and then turn around and admit 
that the initiative would have marijuana regulated as alcohol, which is 
available only to people over 21? Then there is the ultimate scare tactic 
of comparing our situation with California's. What better way to frighten 
people than to tell Alaskans that they might be in a situation comparable 
to California's.

On Nov. 7, don't let these scare tactics keep you from voting for personal 
freedom and choice. They have no argument against legalizing pot, so they 
resort to gloom-and-doom fantastical lies to change your mind. How sad. 
Vote yes on Proposition 5.

- -- Chip Dennison

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