RE: Twilight zone
By Catlin Rettke
April 25, 2006
First I would like to thank Jerry Cegelske for taking the time
to write such a passionate letter. He brings up many scenarios
in which peoples lives were ruined by their inability to control
their drug use, or by being irresponsible.
There is no way to find out
if someone can be responsible in their drug use before they begin
using, which seems a good enough reason to just stay away from
In the case of the little girl,
her father's smoking didn't hurt her or her family, it was his
death. While his death can be linked to his smoking, 59 is not
an unusual age to die at of natural causes.
Let us not forget that cancer is not a smoker's only disease,
cancer happens to people who never touch drugs, ciggerettes included.
There are also people who smoke everyday for nearly their whole
life and live past their 70's, which is longer than the average
Bringing up the point of the family and friends being crushed
by losing a loved one is a sad one, but not unique to illegal
drug use. Even now our war in Iraq is leaving wives without husbands,
children without fathers and parents without sons. Though it
is known that they signed up for the military. They knew dying
was a risk of signing up for it. Just like cancer is a risk of
Yes Jim morrison was an irresponsible drug user, as were all
of the mentioned celebrities.
It's possible to be responsible in all facets of ones life and
still be an irresponsible drug user.
I admit drugs cause a lot of
problems, but making them illegal is not the answer and only
causes more problems than the drugs ever did.
Making something legal does not mean condoning it, or "wanting
it for your children." It's legal to drink, and to smoke
and just from previous letters one can tell that these are not
things parents want their kids to indulge themselves with.
It's legal to listen to music of any genre, with any message,
to read any book. I know that there are many parents who don't
want their children reading KKK newsletters.
Does this mean we should make
all of these things illegal? I think not.
"I don't know how that deputy with the Cass County, Missouri,
Sheriff's Department could have lied to me about drugs last year.
He told me drugs were a major problem in many people's lives-
doesn't he know it's like going to the spa? The pictures I saw
didn't look like the people involved were having a great time
in the back yard sipping martinis. Sores on the skin due to trying
to get rid of the meth bugs. I'm sure the four people mentioned
above used drugs to get away from the stress and problems of
everyday life. Some trip to the spa!"- (Twilight Zone By
There is a difference between going to the spa once in a blue
moon, and going everyday until you run out of money.
I suppose it would be good to clarify what I mean by "A
man using drugs violates neither moral obligations or hurts someone
I am well aware that drugs can cause monetary problems (though
this is almost entirely caused by drugs being illegal), health
problems and even death in some cases. They can end up causing
people to lose their homes, and loved ones.
However one can not blame the drugs for all of this. Does one
not have any responsibilty for their actions? Is it alcohol that
kills so many people, or is it the people who choose to drive
while they are intoxicated?
Do we blame alcohol exclusivly for a child born with FAS? Doesn't
the majority of the blame fall on the mother who chose to drink
In case your still thinking about it, allow me to answer for
you. Yes, It is the driver's fault, and it is the mother's fault.
It's sad, but it's also true.
Alcohol, Methamphetamine, THC, LSD and any other chemical name
you can come up with are just that, chemicals. This rings of
the old saying, "guns don't kill people, people kill people."
I know there are a lot of people who get very passionate about
keeping and possessing firearms legal.
But of course, almost all of this is irrelevant to me. One should
have the right to ingest what ever chemical they want to. Whether
their reasons be escape, recreation or religious, are of little
consequence to anyone else. As long as they are legally responsible
for themselves, they should be able to put what ever they want
into their bodies.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Catlin Rettke is a
19 year old male resident of Ketchikan Alaska.
Zone" By Jerry Cegelske - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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