Dear Editor:Everywhere I go, I smell burning cannabis and with each passing day, we continue to abide by outdated, draconian laws for a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Not only have we been denying patients the relief that they need for numerous chronic conditions, but we also hinder economic growth and innovation.The mayors of Secaucus and Weehawken have refused to consider the sale of recreational marijuana in their cities, perhaps undemocratically. The opportunity is then ours to embrace.Tax and regulate it just like alcohol and tobacco. Some of that earned revenue could be used for the opioid crisis, the state pension fund and maybe a slight reduction in property taxes. Our previous governor has set us so far backwards, fiscally and otherwise. We certainly could use the extra revenue.The war on drugs has been a dismal failure. Obviously, it hasn’t prevented marijuana from become a mainstream pastime. State and local officials can decide how they want to write the laws. We already have many other states to look to for guidance.Also, I want to commend our Mayor for being honest about his support of full legalization of marijuana. Thank youAmy Valent
Cairns real estate: Earlville classic Queenslander up for auction for first time in its 60-year history
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service chairman Clive Skarott with former real estate agent Tony Williamson. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said the only changes to the house were when the roof was changed and the toilet was moved to an internal one. “It’s a very open and breezy home and Dad liked sitting on the front patio with Mum for a beer. Earlville is a great area to live in, it’s close to everything you need,” he said. This house features classic timber flooring, currently under carpets and vinyl, but ready to be polished and restored. The spacious living area features casement windows and high ceilings and all three bedrooms offer plenty of space.Sitting on an 875sq m block, downstairs is fully enclosed, allowing for two cars, but there is a huge undercover carport at the back for another two vehicles or a caravan. It is within minutes of Stockland Shopping Centre, schools, sporting facilities and social clubs. With amazing potential to reap the rewards, this property is in a great position and will be snapped up quickly. The auction will be held on June 9 at 5.30pm at the Whitfield Chapel, 47 Heavey Crescent, Whitfield. Prominent Cairns businessman Clive Skarott grew up at 7 Gordon St, Earlville which will be auctioned on June 9.QUEENSLANDER home enthusiasts will love this rare three-bedroom home on a large lot with a backyard, located in a bustling central Cairns suburb. There’s not many homes on the market like 7 Gordon St, Earlville, as urban streets and lifestyles become confined to modern or renovated homes, on smaller blocks. But this classic Queenslander stands tall in its original glory, with only minimal work on it since it was completed in 1960. It has managed to sustain its originality, because after 60 years, it is only now entering the market for the first time, after remaining in the hands of one clan for six decades – the Skarott family. Prominent Cairns businessman Clive Skarott grew up at 7 Gordon St, Earlville which will be auctioned on June 9.Prominent Cairns businessman and current chairman of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health board Clive Skarott remembers moving into the property as a 17-year-old. “Mum and Dad bought it in November 1959 and moved in February 1960,” Mr Skarott said.“It’s definitely a big allotment compared to what’s out there, and it took a while to mow the lawn.“There were four children and Mum and Dad. As we all started buying cars, there was enough room there for all of us. “Dad was a motor mechanic at Irelands and I remember we had enough room for him to work on our cars on the weekends.”
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright insists it is vitally important the club get a manager who is “equally significant” to the departing David Moyes. Press Association The Toffees chairman stressed there would be no instant decision – unlike when he recruited Moyes from Preston in 2002 – and they would be scouring far and wide for the best candidate. He added: “We’ve had a good 11-year adventure with David and it is my job and the club’s job to get a worthy successor and build on what David has brought to the club and hopefully move on from there. We will be out there finding the right man for this football club. “It is important from here on in Everton continues in the David Moyes tradition, in the Everton Football Club tradition, with an equally significant manager – because he has been a significant manager for 11 years. “Eleven years ago I made a decision and it was an instant decision when I met David, but I don’t think that can happen this time. We have to be very seriously out there looking to see what kind of candidate is out there who can take the club forward. “I won’t lie to you and say there is no-one in my head, no-one in Everton’s head or Everton supporters’ heads. “Everton fans are no fools. They took to David Moyes instantly. I’ll be looking to those supporters to get the kind of guidance that true football fans can give to a chairman. “It’s important they get the right man. Of course it is important the club get the right man but they know the adventure they’ve had for 11 years and they want it to continue and continue to grow and that is vital for them. It’s a very important part of my life to see that they are not let down because I don’t want them let down.” The end of the Scot’s 11-year tenure at Goodison Park was confirmed when he was announced as Manchester United manager as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes, whose contract expires in six weeks, will remain in place for Everton’s final two matches of the season before he officially takes over at Old Trafford on July 1. Kenwright’s job now is to find the right man to not only maintain his manager’s good work but also take the club forward. “He’s a great manager and Manchester United are very lucky,” said Kenwright.