'My Turn' right
on about pain
Flo Martin's article on the Costa Mesa City Council denying the
dispensaries for medical marijuana hit home with me ("My Turn,"
Friday). I have suffered chronic pain for the last five years. Pain,
especially chronic pain, is not negotiable; it is a fact. The Costa
Mesa City Council's misinformed decision to deny medical marijuana
dispensaries within the city limits would be laughable if it were not
I have been working in the drug and alcohol recovery business for
the past 23 years. I feel the council has the wrong impression of
what these sites might do to our community. Believe me, the
dispensaries will not be a place where terrible junkies and denizens
of the drug world will hang out and contaminate our community.
The truth, as so eloquently expressed by Martin's description of
her father's cancer pain, is that these marijuana dispensaries will
help sick people in debilitating pain, giving them the chance to
enjoy a better quality of life.
Every controlled substance has certainly on occasion been abused.
When managed in conjunction with supervision and proper safeguards,
the dispensing of medical marijuana will enhance the quality of life
for our less fortunate neighbors. Hard-core addicts will not take the
time to trick a dispensary out of some marijuana, which is, in the
drug world, a light-weight substance. It would be as if we compared a
light beer to 151-proof moonshine.
It's my opinion that the community has been so educated to "just
say no" to any drug, that an atmosphere of "contempt prior to
investigation" has permeated our city's council.
Pearl Buck once said that "the test of a civilization is the way
it cares for its helpless members." Let Costa Mesa be known a city of
compassion. Trust me, the hard-core addicts will still be buying
their meth and crack in other places besides a highly professional
and monitored medical marijuana dispensary.
Flo Martin, thanks for a touching article that will enlighten our
Field availability like junior lifeguard spots
The limited availability and high demand for soccer fields in
Costa Mesa reminds me of the high demand that resulted in no spots
for the Costa Mesa kids in the junior lifeguard training program run
by Newport Beach this summer.
Even those Costa Mesa kids who had been able to be in the program
for three or four years and attend school in the Newport-Mesa
district were denied a spot as priority went to the Newport Beach
I think kids should have an opportunity to take part in all the
activities possible -- and it can result in the two cities finding a
solution for both of these dilemmas. I know how sad it is for
children to be denied a place when they really want to be out there