Also in letters: Travis Hutson details his response after Matthew, and a teenager talks Clinton-Trump.
By the time this is read, the votes will have been counted, and it will have passed or not. At least I will know that my vote has canceled out last week’s letter writer, Bill Nelson.
As someone who has firsthand knowledge of a family that had to move to Colorado to get care for their young daughter who once had 50 seizures a day and now has five, of cancer patients who don't vomit and can get out of bed after having their chemo sessions, of young Iraq War vets who get under their blankets with earplugs in the week before and after the Fourth of July because of fireworks in the neighborhood.
Cannabis oil has helped in all of these cases. This is not political spin; it’s the facts.
The Amendment 2 vote was for medicinal reasons only. The oil that they use in these cases have no THC in them (the stuff that gets you high) so all these backaches, tummy aches, etc., will have no use for this type of cannabis.
You won’t have to worry about a car full of kids smoking a joint in the handicap parking spot at the grocery store. For some one to compare fraudulent handicap parking with parents that are looking for answers for their children’s pain when all other methods have been exhausted is beyond the scope of my imagination. Please go to the parking lot of that library you talked of and park in whatever spot you are legally assigned and spend the day researching the pros and cons of medicinal cannabis.
Those children that you say it will hurt the most are the ones who need it the most.
Top priority for Legislature: Restoration after Matthew
I hope this letter finds you well! I wanted to touch base with the community on the post Hurricane Matthew cleanup and repair efforts.
Directly after the storm, I spoke to many local officials coordinating help between state and local agencies to get people back to their homes and power back on.
I immediately called on the Department of Environmental Protection to expedite assessment of the storm's beach erosion and contacted federal officials to ensure our area receives appropriate emergency funding. I know while many of these efforts have helped, there are still some long-term consequences and dangers from Hurricane Matthew's damage.
As we move forward, I am focused on rebuilding and restoring our beaches, which took a tremendous hit. I have continued to monitor state agencies and am waiting on their reports to the Legislature. Once a proper and full assessment is made, my number one priority this upcoming legislative session is to ensure our area's restoration efforts are fully funded in the state budget.
While emergency funding has stopped the bleeding in many areas, it is imperative that the long-term repair is properly assessed, funded and executed. Unfortunately, this process will not be as quick as we all would like, but I promise to fight for our community all the way to the finish line.
The most important thing is that so many are safe and can get back to rebuilding and recovering. Thank you for allowing me to be your senator! It is an honor and privilege to serve our great district.
Florida Senator, District 7
How teens around the world see our election
The election of 2016 has caused an uproar in the otherwise self centered mind of teenagers. Although not usually outspoken when it comes to a majority of today's problems, this generation has some of the strongest opinions when it comes to the presidential election.
Interest in this election is so widespread that teenagers in other countries have knowledge on what is going on in America. I decided to take matters into my own hands and ask some of my international friends for their views on the election.
The first question went to Mackenzy Stow, a 16-year-old Australian native. I asked her, “What do you know about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's policies? Who would you vote for?”
Mackenzy wrote, “I know that Donald Trump is a billionaire. I also know that he has said hateful things about minorities like African Americans, Latinos and gays. I know that he behaves disgustingly towards women and has no respect for them. I know that Hillary is the wife of Bill Clinton, and that she has loads of experience in politics. If I were to vote I would be choosing Hillary Clinton. From what I've heard, she has actual policies and would understand how to run a country.”
I asked the same question of Igor Igiria a 16-year-old, Serbian-born, Trump supporter who resides in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, near where President Bill Clinton authorized military intervention in the 1990s.
He said this: “Hillary doesn't like Serbs, so I don't like her. I'm pretty sure that Trump will win, because he has millions of people in America who support him, like me. Trump loves Serbs, Russians and Europeans.”
With several more answers from eight different people, the majority of my friends would vote Clinton as our next president, leading 8 to 1. As for myself? I am a minority, I am a woman, I am a feminist, I also am only sixteen years old, but if I were to vote I would for sure vote for Clinton.