War on pot needs to end
In 1974 my dad was disabled in the coalmines. I was 14 and received permission to work at Shoney's in Beckley, and then the Beaver airport restaurant. At the age of 17 years and 4 months, I completed boot camp and became a U.S. Marine. At 19, I broke my ankle in the line of duty. I was inebriated and arrested at age 20. In 2006, I was in a car wreck; I was in a coma for two weeks. My hip was broken; I have seven screws in it. I have paid taxes since I was 14.
At one time I would have risked my life to defend our government. The same government that is now trying to make me out to be a bad person, a felon. On May 17, I was arrested (for only the second time in my life) for growing marijuana in my basement.
Dr. Oz has said that tobacco is 10 times more addictive than marijuana.
I am hoping that our Legislature will study the facts on marijuana, so this injustice being done to me, and many others, will stop, and not be done to anyone else.
Raymond Everett Burge, Jr.
Raise property tax rates to help schools
West Virginia college graduation rates might be better if the Legislature raised property tax rates on absentee landlords.