Re “Welcome to the ‘Chill Out and Get Wasted’ State!” (Monitor Forum, April 16):
While I understand that Glenn Currie’s column was meant to be tongue in cheek, it is still unacceptable to denigrate an entire group of people. He tells us that with the legalization of marijuana our stoned legislators will build a commuter rail between Claremont and Berlin, enabling us to “expedite the influx of refugees to Coos County.” With them would come an “influx of revenue from welfare checks.”
Imagine for a moment that he joked about any other group in such a context. Would the Monitor have published the column? I work as the outreach coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord and as project manager for the Sycamore Community Garden Project; in both capacities I am often in contact with refugee families. These are hardworking families, almost always with one or both parents employed. Currie and the Monitor owe them, and us, an apology.