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Too Close For Comfort?

Too Close For Comfort?

Should locations for medical marijuana dispensaries, liquor stores be restricted?

April 12th, 2019 by Gazette Staff in Opinion Editorial


ast week Texarkana got the news that a medical marijuana dispensary set for Prescott, Ark., was moving to property where the Electric Cowboy once operated.

One of the reasons the license was transferred was the owners were having a hard time finding property that complied with restrictions on where such a facility could locate. They have to be a certain distance from churches and schools.

Similar restrictions have applied to liquor stores in Arkansas for years.

Supporters say children should be protected from exposure to alcohol and that such exposure could lead them to drink. And churches? Well, that's about respect for traditional values.

Some say that's old-fashioned. Children are exposed to beer and wine every time they go to the supermarket or corner store and hard liquor when they dine out with their parents. Special consideration for churches could even be seen as crossing the line between church and state.

We want to know what you think. Should schools and/or churches be given special consideration regarding the location of certain businesses such as marijuana dispensaries or liquor stores? Or should a business legal under state law be able to open without such restrictions?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to opinion@texarkanagazette.com by Wednesday, April 17. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.


Last Week: Clergy Ban?

Last week's question was about the Texas Department of Correction banning clergy from the death chamber. Should Texas provide clergy of choice in the death chamber for condemned prisoners? Or is the state right by banning all clergy from the death chamber?


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  •  Or we could just get rid of the death penalty.
  •  A sad day for freedom of religion
  •  Did they give their victims time to have clergy present?
  •  No, and no last meal either
  •  Clergy could meet with them before they go into the death chamber and then be in the viewing box. They can pray there just as well as they can inside the execution chamber. They aren't saying they can't have clergy present. They are saying they can't be in the execution chamber itself and that is not an infringement on religious rights.
  •  I don't think it's right to deny clergy. Even killers can repent if they chose and then find a final comfort in someone praying with them before they meet their maker.
  •  Ban all types. They should have been rubbing Buddhas belly or been in church before they did what they did to get there.
  •  The condemned have no rights
  •  They just need to install an express lane.
  •  Don't mess with Texas.
  •  For those expressing condemnation here in these comments, I pray that you will never be in a position to need mercy beyond what you have earned. Likely as not there has already been a time in your life when you have been shown undeserved mercy. There's a parable about a servant being shown mercy and then denying it to his own debtors. It's not pretty. I know it feels like you're safe behind your computer screens and therefore untouchable but your attitudes are their own punishments. The more condemnation you spew the more ugliness you attract in your own life.
  •  First of all, the guilty should be able to ask forgiveness of their sins. No concept is true of all religions as that. Second of all, we only execute prisoners in Texas in Huntsville. There are many Buddhist temples nearby. I'm sure one would volunteer their time. However if the state is going to finally execute them they had plenty of time to ask for forgiveness and repent their sins. So I say let them fry alone and hopefully in pain
  •  Death penalties take years to carry out. Plenty of time to visit clergy and get right during the wait.
  •  I agree with the choice not to allow a clergy in the execution chamber due to the fact there are so many different religions and people make up more everyday. They have plenty of time before the day they are executed to repent their sins and ask for forgiveness
  •  No clergy!
  •  Absolutely they should allow clergy! We are talking about eternity here and where that person will spend it!
  •  Clergy of choice. They're still human, after all.
  •  We could just give them clergy and no last meal. What do you think the majority would choose?
  •  I worked for 3 agencies in the State of Texas for a total of 14 years and 1 month—this is what I learned about the way Texas agencies ran: If it makes sense, don't do it; if it's running smoothly, let's change it; and if there's a more difficult way to do it, then that's how we'll do it! Let them meet privately with clergy beforehand. There is no need to subject the clergyman to watching an execution.
  •  God forgives; it's man that thinks he is God.
  •  They aren't going to help them get into heaven anyway. In the end it's between you and the Savior.
  •  I think it's silly that Texas would pull all clergy just because they don't want to accommodate Buddhism, but I don't think an uproar is warranted.
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