Thursday, October 30, 2014

Joe Trachtenbert On Marijuana Amendment

We've all heard the story - my dad has a painful disease - why not give him some relief, by allowing him access to medical marijuana. And if it was limited to your dad, and folks like him, why would anyone object?

We would like to think, requiring doctors' prescriptions would limit availability to only those folks who truly need this relief. You can trust doctors to honorably administer this program, right? Well, mostly. But remember when our area laid claim to being among the nation's most prolific "pain clinics". How long do you think it will take, for a handful of "pot docs" to rent storefront offices, and begin dispensing authorizations?

Among the greatest problems with Amendment 2, is the lack of a minimum age to receive this drug. Visualize your teenager visiting the "pot doc" claiming insomnia, or a pain in his or her leg - and walking out with a paper which will allow the purchase of pot. Your consent - not needed!

St. Matthew's House is dedicated to restoring lives to broken people. And the waiting lists for our recovery programs keep getting longer.

We carefully study our intake records for new admits to our Justin's Place recovery program. One common thread - high tobacco and marijuana use in high school, or earlier. So it's painfully curious, that as society increases its fight against tobacco, access to marijuana is becoming wide open. And under this law, marijuana stores can go anywhere. No limitation on proximity to schools, religious facilities, etc.

It is generally accepted, most cases of adult addiction begin in the teenage years. And when it comes to drugs, marijuana is the number one entry point.

Do we really need more people smoking pot, as part of their regular daily lives? Are the reports that auto accident rates have risen significantly in Colorado purely coincidental? And there is no question marijuana use is growing significantly, followed closely by heroin, which is present in every middle and high school, in our region.

The pollsters say this referendum is sure to pass. But there's still time for reason to prevail. Please don't make it even easier for our young people to ruin their lives. Sure there's lots of money to be made here, by growers, sellers and the government. But what's the ultimate outcome when fear of breaking the law is replaced with easy access to get high... and an easily defined path to addiction? Why are huge sums of money being spent to legalize "medical marijuana"? Do you really believe it's driven by altruism?

Common sense can still prevail. This is a very badly written bill. Its impact is vastly broader than its advocates suggest, with their slick ads of elderly people suffering. There is a well-defined correlation of teen marijuana use, to high school dropout rates. Please connect the dots - this amendment needs to be defeated.

-Joe Trachtenberg
Board Chairman, St. Matthew's House

Joseph Trachtenberg has lived in Naples since 2004 and was elected as the Chairman of the St. Matthew's House Board of Directors in 2014 after serving as a member since 2010. His professional history includes being Chairman/CEO of Victaulic Company before retiring in 2004. He is a graduate of the Greater Naples Leadership Class XIV and Co-founder of the Tamiami Angel Fund Investors Group I & II. Trachtenberg holds degrees from LIU in Brooklyn, NY and Columbia University Executive Management Program.

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Donalyn Williams Dies At 54

Donalyn Williams, age 54 of Nashville, Arkansas, passed away, Sunday October 26, 2014 in Nashville. She was born November 17, 1959 in Labelle, Florida to the late Dr. Jack and Sandra (Sandy) Sayre Williams. 

She was a client of the Howard County Children's Center in Nashville. She loved helping on her family's farm and being with all of her friends at the Center. She loved to visit and never met a stranger. Donalyn also loved to cook and play words with friends' game.
Donalyn was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers, Steve, Lee, Mark and Hank Williams. She was the last of her immediate family. 

Her survivors include her cousins, Sharon Goren of Kissimmee, Florida, Diane Garcia of Puntagorda, Florida and Batya Goren of New York, all of her friends at the Children's Center, including the staff as well as many other friends in the surrounding community.
A visitation was held Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm at Nashville Funeral Home., Nashville, Arkansas.

A service will be held Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at Ortona Cemetery Pavilion, 12870 W. SR 78, Moore Haven, FL 33471

Letter To The Editor On Marijuana Amendment

It's seems like supporting Amendment 2 makes everyone automatically assume you use marijuana and that it's going to give everyone this constitutional ability to be able to abuse it as a drug.

I personally believe if medical marijuana brings relief to someone's pain no matter the cause they should have the right to choose what best brings them the best relief no matter what their medical condition warrants. Why should a patient be denied that right? Why is it OK for them to be given dangerous narcotic drugs with terrible side affects?
If a patient gets the relief they need without the major side-effects and the destruction of pharmaceutical drugs, I'm all for it, regardless of their condition so long as it is providing them the relief they need. Why should patients with one type of pain only be able to receive XYZ for their pain, while another patient with this condition and the same pain levels are given XYZ for their condition. Is it because one patient is likely terminal and one isn't?
Pain is pain, and no one, especially the government, shouldn't be able to pick the winners and losers in who should receive what type of pain relief for what type of condition they think it warrants.
Medical marijuana should be given to any patients it benefits given any condition and the risks that are involved which are to be determined between a patient and their doctor.

-Paul Harper
Naples, Florida

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Speed - Alcohol Factors In Death Crash

NAPLES, FL. -- Daniel Allen Woodard, 22 of Naples, Florida died and passenger Jesse Lee Freeman, 22  of Fort Myers, Florida suffered serious injuries in a crash Monday night.

A 2006 Nissan Maxima was traveling east at 10:29 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Randall Boulevard, west of Desoto Boulevard North when for unknown reasons it crossed the center lane divider and departed the roadway by entering the north shoulder.

The vehicle driven by Woodward struck a mailbox and continued east in the grass shoulder then struck a culvert with the front left tire of the vehicle and vaulted over a driveway. It continued east in the grass shoulder striking another culvert with the front portion of the car, vaulting over a second driveway, then rolled while airborne and landed on its roof then slid toward the east and came to final rest on it's roof, facing east.

The driver of was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Freeman was taken to Downtown Naples Community Hospital.

The crash was alcohol related and speed was a factor in this crash said FHP Trooper A. Esposito and homicide investigator Corporal J.M, Rongish.