Pubdate: Tue, 20 Nov 2001
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2001, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Ray Aldridge
Note: Response by source's editor; No headline in original, supplied by 
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


IT IS always instructive to read the remarks you append to the letters your 
readers send you. In Matthew Elrod's Nov. 18 plea for a common-sense 
approach to regulating medical marijuana, he said, "Better to light a 
single candle than to curse the darkness." You made this statement in 
response: "Better to buy a flashlight than inhale candle smoke." I'm glad 
that a newspaper of your stature is finally coming out against the 
well-known dangers of candle smoke inhalation. It's about time! Some may 
scoff at your crusade to save us from this pernicious and immoral practice, 
but such persons have clearly not thought matters out. After all, the 
burning of candles is undeniably associated with dreadful things of which 
no decent person would approve, such as hurricanes, ice storms, tornados 
and other natural and unnatural disasters, and candles often make these 
events worse, by setting the curtains on fire and burning down the house. 
Candles are also associated with Satanic rituals and illicit romantic 
assignations. It's enough to make the blood run cold. We must not listen to 
those who will claim that candles are sometimes useful and even pleasant, 
because this is a fight we must not lose. For the children's sake.

Ray Aldridge, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

(They putting something in your drinking water, Ray?)
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