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Unless you can find a way to make the country and the world less diverse, you’re going to have to learn to treat people unlike yourselves with respect.

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Legalize it

Governor Fallin is struggling with trying to find ways to handle the billion-dollar deficit the state is experiencing. Meanwhile, the state is spending millions of dollars on law enforcement trying to stop the alleged influx of marijuana from Colorado, as is Kansas.

Both sued Colorado (and failed) because of the marijuana issue and its cost to police it. The only one to benefit from these lawsuits will be the lawyers because they could not win an unprovable case.

Oklahoma needs to embrace marijuana and legalize it, as it will eventually be legal in every state. Colorado already has collected so much revenue from marijuana taxation, they don’t know what to do with it. Oklahoma has too long relied on the oil and gas industry to make ends meet.

This do-or-die attitude needs to change. Marijuana for recreational use scares a lot of people into to rejecting it without even thinking about the benefits of medical use.

Marijuana might well be on the ballot in November for the people to decide. Let’s hope that the wording on the ballot is not confusing as it has been in other states that caused the proposal to be defeated.

Phil Gabler

Oklahoma City

Social civility

Like any social convention that aims to define what should and should not be socially acceptable, political correctness can be taken too far. It can be awkward, contrived and overbearing. But when Mickey McVay (Opinion, Letters, “Politically incorrect?,” Feb. 17, Oklahoma Gazette) says that political correctness — as in all political correctness — offends “many of us,” he seems to be advocating no boundaries at all. He seems to be saying that we should all be able to use whatever language we want, whenever and wherever we want, with no social consequences.

Political correctness is the modern equivalent of what we used to call common courtesy. If you didn’t use certain language around certain people because you knew (or should have known), you could get your mouth washed out with soap or start a duel or something. The only difference between today’s idea of civility and yesteryear’s is that nowadays, we try to consider the feelings of a much wider variety of people (as opposed to a much whiter variety of people).

Unless you can find a way to make the country and the world less diverse, you’re going to have to learn to treat people unlike yourselves with respect.

Ari Nuncio

Oklahoma City

No ducks

In the last 135 years, no president has been refused a vote on a nominee for an open seat on the Supreme Court. Over that time span, no less than seven justices have been nominated and confirmed during presidential election years.

Perhaps most remarkable and earlier in our history, one justice was nominated and confirmed after an election. Defeated in the 1800 election, President John Adams nominated John Marshall to be chief justice. A genuine “lame duck” at the time, Adams especially relished the Senate confirmation of Marshall.

Our current president is not a lame duck. That designation is reserved for an officeholder who is leaving his/her seat after a current election but before a replacement is sworn in. President Barack Obama cannot qualify as a lame duck until after November’s election of a new president.

Frank Silovsky

Oklahoma City

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