Ironic for Obama, Dems to bask in convention grandeur

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) attacked Republican-created poverty. As a Democrat I agree. But there are things about the Democratic National Convention I don’t understand: What were the costs of the stadium rental, outdoor audio, entertainment, massive unique scenery, fireworks, traditional, boring balloons, and more. How much did it all cost?

Why is the last day of a political convention always show business — especially this one? How did the last day relate to Sen. Obama’s position regarding the poor? It was time for this new century’s new candidate to show new-century change. Instead, it appeared that he accepted his nomination in Rome’s coliseum. It sure represented wealth to me.

Columbia, Md.

Never heard ‘uppity’ used in racial context

From Robbie Lamb Riley

(Regarding article “Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity,’” Sept. 4.) I have lived in the South for 65 years, and I have heard the word “uppity” used many times. It was used to describe someone who has more money, someone who thinks they are better than someone else. I have never heard it used against a person’s race or color.

If someone was rich, some people would say, “They are too uppity for me.” I have heard it used many times against white people.

Hornbeak, Tenn.

Clear message to foes of medical marijuana

From Jimi Devine, Drug Policy Alliance

(Regarding article “Former anti-marijuana lobbyist switches sides,” Aug. 14).
Former Drug Free America Foundation executive David Krahl’s decision to lobby in support of forthcoming medical marijuana legislation should send a clear message to those in power that one must look at the facts when making decisions on whether marijuana is a viable medicine.

As in the case of Libertarian presidential hopeful Bob Barr, the man who sponsored a bill preventing medical marijuana in the district, the change of heart comes from a former champion of those who would claim there is no medical value to marijuana.

It is important to recognize these debates are being had at the highest levels of America’s anti-drug movement. If these so-called drug experts can’t decide amongst themselves, maybe it is time we leave it up to the doctors and patients who have seen the benefits of medical marijuana legally in 13 states already.

Washington