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Dear Editor: Jesus, not marijuana

August 29, 2015 • Dear Editor

As a concerned citizen, I would like to put my 50 cents in on this stupid marijuana farm they are wanting to put in Roswell. If we have idiots going around pulling guns and doing shooting in places where they have kids and youth functions and even Taco Bell.
Then Roswell doesn’t need a stupid marijuana farm. Why so this demon of drug addiction can mess with the minds of the people and cause them to do stupid stuff?
As a spiritual ambassador, I will be up front and tell you it is: All you with so called sickness that you say you need marijuana, what you need is Jesus and you need to surrender your heart and lives to Jesus.
I am a 35-year patient of what doctors say is epilepsy. I haven’t needed marijuana when I surrendered my life to Christ he has healed, delivered and set me free! I tell you, you don’t need to bring another demon into this city. What you need to do is repent of your sin. Submit yourselves and hearts to God the father, his son Jesus and the Holy Spirit and see what God will do for you.

James Licon
Roswell

Blaming others for misfortunes must stop
Once again the country was shocked by the senseless murder of two news reporters. Some want to blame guns while others blame mental illness. I believe an even greater problem lies behind most of the senseless actions we see so much of today. That problem is the constant promoting of victimization. Each time there is a shooting or riot or civil unrest, the media jumps at the chance to show that the root cause driving the purveyors of crime are the victims of some kind of prejudice, poverty or injustice.
The constant focus on victimization reinforces the attitude amongst people of low self-esteem and low self-worth providing an excuse for their actions. It’s always someone else’s fault that they are losers and it enhances their own self-pity.
There are many who make a living by promoting this idea. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson promote black victimization, Hillary promotes women as victims and Jeorge Ramos promotes illegals as victims. CNN parades one black activist after another blaming the police for the death of a thug teenager who robbed a store and assaulted a police officer. Liberals have built a whole voter base on promoting the victimization of every possible minority supported by well-meaning illogical academics.
Instead of promoting victimization we need to promote achievement and overcoming adversity. There are so many we could celebrate: George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Hellen Keller or Harriet Tubman. More current examples are Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up in poverty in Detroit yet became a renowned neurosurgeon; Carly Fiorina, who started as a secretary and became CEO of the largest tech company in the world; or Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban refugees who became a U.S. senator and presidential candidate. These people did not dwell on what road blocks were in their path. Instead, they focused on what was possible. Great leaders do not look for excuses or blame others.
Tyrants have always used victimization as their path to control: Hitler blamed the Jews, Stalin blamed the aristocracy, Robespierre blamed the bourgeois and the ayatollahs blame non-Muslims. When anyone consistently blames others for problems and constantly seeks to portray themselves or groups of people as victims, we need to take a hard look at what their true purpose is.

William Dawe
Roswell

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