To the Editor
October 9, 2012
Margin of error or just plain error?
I am tired of these broadcast pundits saying a +/-3 percent poll of 48 percent for one guy and 42 percent for the other guy is within the “margin of error,” like they are dead even.
That is true if the 48 percent is 3 percent too high and the 42 percent is 3 percent too low, making it a 45 percent tie. But it is also true that if the 48 percent is 3 percent too low and the 42 percent is 3 percent too high, making it 51 percent vs. 39 percent, it makes a big 12 percent difference.
People should know risks, full story
Many have seen TV ads supporting marijuana legalization and I-502. However, some risks of legalization are largely unknown and local residents deserve the full story.
“The claim that legalization and tight regulation will mean that youth will use less is bogus, because we don’t have the experiment,” according to co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, Rosalie Pacula. Marijuana is already the No. 1 reason Washington youths enter drug treatment — we should not experiment on Washington kids.
Legal marijuana, often compared to legal alcohol, would cost significantly more than it would bring in. Nationally, alcohol brings in only 6 percent of its actual social costs through taxes and fees.
Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.
Between 2000-2011, no one in Washington was sent to jail solely because they possessed marijuana for personal use. Of those arrested with marijuana-related charges as one of their offenses, 42 percent were under age 21 and would still be arrested under I-502.
A recent Duke University study found that smoking marijuana regularly before age 18 predicts a permanent eight-point loss in IQ, even after prolonged abstinence.
The American Medical Association and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs already oppose legalization. I-502 is a bad deal for Washington.
There are many reasons to elect Rob McKenna
Those of you that know me know that I am an education advocate. If you don’t know me, I am someone who has spent the past 10 years raising money for the education of our children in our Issaquah community and advocating in Olympia for education reform.
We now have the opportunity to elect a governor who lives and breathes making true education reform, and fully funding education in our state. I personally interviewed both candidates, and in those interviews, clearly Rob McKenna showed he has the education of our children as his top priority. We truly need education reform, as nearly one-third of our high school students drop out before earning a high school diploma.
I am not a single-issue voter. Even though education is my top priority, there are other issues that are important to me. Rob McKenna will respect the voter-approved initiatives on a woman’s right to chose and marriage equality and he will implement the Affordable Care Act. McKenna also supports and believes in collective bargaining rights.
There are so many more reasons to vote for Rob McKenna! I hope you will join me in marking your ballot for Rob McKenna as the next governor of the state of Washington.