Let’s regain our moral compass

To the Editor:

Yesterday in church I had the privilege of observing a beautiful baby, enjoying his pacifier and fascinated by what was going on around him. But while appreciating the wonder of pure innocence, I could not help but be saddened by the knowledge of what kind of world all of our children could soon be facing.

No, my concern was not related to the environment, social injustice or poverty, although those are legitimate concerns when kept in perspective. The fear I felt for that child and all innocents had to do with growing up in a society with no moral compass but the almighty dollar.

However, before we partake in the new national sport of chastising the top 2 percent (to which I do not belong), let’s take an honest look at ourselves. While loudly denouncing the greedy rich, do we drool over the millions to be made from marijuana and glorify young people “motivated” enough to get rich selling drugs?

What happened to the decades we spent teaching our children in the public schools to “say no to drugs”? The ribbons and signs they put on school fences at our request have become testimonies to our hypocrisy. Can they ever believe us again?

An article in the Colorado Springs Gazette last month cited an expose by the Rocky Mountain PBS in 2016 reporting that since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, drug violations in Colorado’s K-12 schools had increased 45 percent, high school drug violations had increased 71 percent and school suspensions for drugs had increased over 40 percent.

If we truly believe that our children are the future of our community, we must stand up against the marijuana industry. Please attend the public meeting Tuesday Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Board of Supervisor’s chambers in Sonora.

David Peters