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READERS WRITE: APRIL 24

State-sponsored vice unable to pay college costs

Surprise! The Georgia Board of Regents just announced tuition at Georgia universities is increasing (“Georgia college tuition increasing 2.5% in fall,” News, April 17). One would think that with the billions of dollars of revenue acquired through the Georgia Lottery scam, tuition in all Georgia schools would be free. Instead, college costs inflate, resulting in millions of students falling into the debt abyss to buy a degree. This does not begin to account for the expense of millions of Georgia families doing without milk for their babies due to those moms and dads who can least afford it, using precious income to buy thousands of dollars of lottery tickets. This is the fruit of state-sanctioned vice. The only “HOPE” fulfilled is that of the gambling bosses.

R.B. KUTER, CUMMING

Decriminalizing marijuana would yield benefits

Just days ago, the AJC reported two UGA varsity football players were arrested, jailed and bonded out for the colossal crime of allegedly possessing less than one ounce of marijuana. It’s time to stop this idiocy. What civic duty should you have to prevent some anonymous somebody from smoking a joint, or handling the cannabis it’s made of? Absolutely none. In that vein, you allow others to belt down a bourbon or drag on a Marlboro. Meanwhile, Georgia law allows the lowest dregs of humanity to control the unregulated and untaxed billion-dollar pot industry. This condition demands to be fixed. Republicans in the Legislature, indeed politicians of every stripe, can you get this? Legalize marijuana. Regulate it. Tax it. Decriminalize it. And cease authorizing the arrests of young people on these senseless charges. The common good will then become your beneficiary.

JIM THOMAS, ATLANTA

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