Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/14/2013

Use drug drop box

As Chief of Police, I witness firsthand the problems associated with the misuse of prescription drugs. As citizens of Traverse City we can feel insulated from the issues in the national headlines; however, in the case of prescription drug abuse no community is immune to this serious and growing addiction.

In our society there is a perception that prescription drugs do not harbor the same dangers as illicit drugs; unfortunately, when misused they’re actually more additive and dangerous. Prescription drugs are easily accessible by simply opening a cupboard, drawer or medicine cabinet.

You can help prevent prescription drug abuse by storing drugs in a safe and secure place, monitoring your prescription bottles and disposing of expired or unneeded prescription medications properly. At the Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center, 851 Woodmere Avenue, we offer the opportunity to safely dispose of out-dated or unused prescription drugs by using the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Please do your part to help keep these drugs off of our streets. Your efforts will help make our community a safer place to live and work.

Michael K. Warren

Traverse City

The writer is Traverse City Chief of Police

 

Fair for everyone

April 15, a day we all know as tax day, was enacted in 1913, 100 years ago. The 16th Amendment passed and gave Congress the right to levy an income tax. Today the poor and the middle class pay a higher percentage than the top 1 percent. (www.itep.org.)

A recent presidential candidate, with many millions in investment income, paid only 14 percent in income taxes. The tax that I, and other low- and middle-class citizens pay is considerably more than 14 percent. How can that be? It’s called loopholes like carried interest, offshore bank accounts, subsidies, etc.

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