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Editor’s note: Charleston City Paper periodically publishes letters received. To submit your own reaction to City Paper coverage or local issues, we welcome letters to the editor.

PSA on S.C. gun shops

I’m happy that Mr. Andy Brack elevated the subject of extreme divisiveness and incendiary language — often promoting violence — by focusing on a local example coming out of the Palmetto State Armory. I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t read the City Paper. There are some voices out there decrying the way our country is being divided — often for profit and financial gain as the editorial pointed out — but who’s listening? The ones doing it have a bigger audience and their message “sells.” I decided the only thing I could do was to try and hit the company where it hurts — in the realm of licensing, and commercial relations within the business community. I submitted a complaint with the Better Business Bureau for Columbia, S.C. Saying “F**k Joe Biden” may be allowed as free speech, but as I’m sure the editors at the City Paper know, free speech has always had some limits. It seems to me that promoting violence against the POTUS (or anyone for that matter) and when the message appears on an accessory that sets settings on firearms to “safety -single shot- full auto” (try arguing that it’s a harmless joke!) is where free speech must be curtailed.

Thank you for elevating good content,

Fatima Sakarya 
James Island

Haley’s latest book

I am sure you had the stomach to read this book. Thanks for sparing us from vomiting at the shallowness of it all. Whatever is on the other side may be some snow fairies for supporters. Clearly, if you dig as you have the hypnotic trance of meaningless words that lull us into policy somnambulism is avoided by readers. it is gremlins and grinches if you sincerely look. 
What swords and scalpels are for. Well done.

Fred Palm
Edisto Island

Mace’s marijuana bill

Congresswoman Nancy Mace’s new bill to decriminalize cannabis has been a long time coming. It’s common-sense legislation that should garner bipartisan support. I was proud to see a southern Republican step up and take the reins on this issue that’s been traditionally represented by Democrats–this shows the true bipartisan nature of cannabis reform.

There’s no need to wait any longer to legalize a plant that is in all accounts less dangerous than controlled substances like tobacco, alcohol, and opioids. It’s great for small business, helps law enforcement focus on real issues, and provides alternative treatment options for many struggling patients. I appreciate the congresswoman’s leadership on this issue and look forward to following along as it makes its way into law.

Jeffrey M. Zucker

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