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Letter to the Editor:

For as long as I can recall marijuana has always been an illegal drug. A few states now call it “recreational marijuana” and Minnesota now has legislators and the Governor moving towards similar legislation.

An initial question needs to be asked. If such a bill is approved and signed and results in injury and/or death via motor vehicle to the innocent non-users of this drug can those individuals that approved this type of legislation be held financially responsible? Not just when in public office but after leaving a public office and maybe even the estates of deceased approvers?

As I recall the King(s) are no longer exempt from being sued. So what should be the financial penalty or how many figures? Is an innocent person’s injury and/or death from a gun any different than injury and/or death via a motor vehicle by a user of a once illegal drug when the only difference between a gun and vehicle is the size of the metal mass?

It is also interesting that on one hand government wants to stop the great number of society problems associated  with opioids and distracted driving and on the other hand legislators and the governor wants to approve what has always been an illegal drug and increase traffic injury and deaths.

Kent Rees
Emily, MN

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Maintain clear path to mailbox

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor,

Now that Polar Vortex Jayden has moved on and we are headed for a brief warm up, we need our customers’ help. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps. Preventing a slip or bad fall can be as easy as putting down salt or sand on slippery surfaces or clearing the way to mailboxes.

Please take this opportunity to remove all snow and ice from walkways, sidewalks, steps, porches and around curbline boxes. Clearing snow at least six feet on both sides of curbline mailboxes allows carriers to approach and leave without backing up their vehicles.

When customers maintain a clear path to the mailbox, it helps us provide timely, consistent delivery service. More importantly, it helps keep all visitors – including our letter carriers – safe from injury in these challenging conditions.

Thank you for your assistance and for being a United States Postal Service customer.

United States Postal Service Northland District

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