Perhaps you have a young cub reporter on staff who could work his or her way through the last five or so years of Cook Islands News and come up with a rough estimate of the percentage of newsprint reporting on the downside of our national acceptance of alcohol as our legal recreational drug of choice
is the drug that gives us wife beatings, vehicle injury and death, millions of dollars
in lost productivity, untold medical cost, brawls and stabbings outside night
clubs, ruined lives, and ruined families.
sad and disturbing news stories are endless. Also endless is Trevor Pitt for
the Police warning us that the Police are about to get tough on drunks. Also
endless are stories of JP’s giving convicted drink drivers lectures such as
“Now this is your third conviction for drink driving while disqualified for
drink driving and the next time you better watch out; this Court might lock you
up for a few days”.
are much less harmful recreational drugs, including cannabis and ‘magic’
mushrooms. Jurisdictions right around the globe are decriminalising these two
substances, making billions in tax revenue and decreasing misery.
can hear the pulpit hypocrites reacting to the very mention of legalisation
with hell and brimstone of a Sunday morning. The same hypocrites that do little
or nothing to stem the unmeasurable harm of alcohol abuse among their own
can imagine the alarm of the retailers of booze to the threat of losing market
share. And the answer to that legitimate concern is simple. Give the two main
liquor importers the only two retail licenses for weed and mushrooms. What a
sense of freedom for the consumer; one-stop shop for recreational drugs.
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those who are saying “sharing is caring, or it’s just a watermelon” don’t
understand that this family would’ve been happy to give it if you asked first (Facebook
post prompts thieves to return stolen watermelons, November 25). A portion
of all their fruits and veges are always shared amongst friends, family,
neighbours, even people in need before they sell. The little boy holding the
watermelon is 8 years old and his little brother behind him is six years old,
both boys would’ve been happy to give you the fruits of their labour with a big
smile on their face if you would’ve simply just asked first.
think this person that raided the watermelon, if you like to do that, why not
join the planter when he or she starts planting the watermelon. Then you can
ask your share of watermelon when it is ready.
wonder if you felt the shame when you raided the watermelon garden.