“But the world is full of zanies and fools
Who don’t believe in sensible rules
And won’t believe what sensible people say.
And because these daft and dewey-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes,
Impossible things are happening every day.”
-Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Texting itself isn’t bad. People just abuse it.
I remember the first text I ever sent. Wow, you mean I can tell somebody I’m outside without having to actually call them? Revoutionary. But textig has never replaced talking on the phone and face to face interaction for me. To hear someone’s voice is to hear the meaning of their words. You can tell HOW something is said, which permits clear communication. God, how many conflicts have I been in where I’ve texted something jokingly only for the other person to take it as if I was blowing them off? Too many. And to argue with someone via text is worse. Texting enables someone to wait 30 minutes to send an ambiguous one word response. And then you, the receiver, are left to interpret their message, overthink your response, and send the same unclear message to them. Blah.
The worst trend in texting that I’ve seen is that people my age MUST text to communicate. It makes my blood boil when a guy will text me “What Up?” and then not answer my phone call 3 seconds later. Only for him to text me again, “Hey chillin at home, Wyd?” —HUH?! If you’re “chillin” at home, why can’t you answer the phone? You know what it tells me when a guy talks on the phone with me? It tells me (1) that he cares enough to hear my voice (2) that he’s probably not having a conversation with someone else at the same time as me. See guys like texting because they can “mac” on multiple girls at once. -__-
Don’t get me wrong, everything has it’s place. If you’re in class, why not have a conversation with your friend via text? : ) But you won’t see me asking someone for a kidney transplant via text messaging anytime soon.
By: Eric Pfeiffer
It’s been quite the night for marijuana in several ballot measures across the country.
Voters in Washington state and Colorado appear to have voted “yes” on measures that would legalize the sale of pot to adults, without the need for a doctor’s prescription. Massachusetts voters have overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot measure. (AP)(The final votes are still being counted.) And earlier Tuesday evening, voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved the measure to allow the use of medical marijuana.
Oregon voters have to decide on a similar measure to those passed in Washington and Colorado, which would allow marijuana use for any individual over the age of 21, but it appears to have been defeated.
Arkansas’s medical marijuana initiative also appears to have been defeated.
Montana, which already has a medical marijuana law, is voting on whether or not to restrict patient access in the state.
So far, states that have approved medical marijuana have walked a fine line with federal laws that still prohibit the sale of marijuana under any circumstances. The full legalization of marijuana in these two states is expected to increase that tension between local and federal laws.
In total, six states are considering marijuana initiatives.
“Now that this law has been passed [in Massachusetts], it will finally be legal and safe for myself and many others in the state to procure the medicine,” Eric McCoy, 59, told the Boston Globe.
NBC News reports that 17 states and the District of Columbia already have laws allowing for the medical use of marijuana, according to the National Council of Legislatures.