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article imageOp-Ed: Valentine's Day is coming — Beware!

By Alexander Baron     Jan 17, 2014 in Entertainment
February 14 is St. Valentine's Day, a time for young lovers to display their affection for each other. Alas, it has a darker side.
St. Valentine's Day is less than a month away. Perhaps you are planning a surprise for someone you love, or will receive one from someone you merely know. In 1929, seven of Chicago's not-so-finest received the surprise of their lives — the last one — when they were machine gunned to death by a rival gang. The notorious St. Valentine's Day Massacre sparked outrage, but although the perpetrators were never brought to book, there are those who argue that the US Government was responsible. 1929 was the height of the Prohibition Era, which saw predominantly white gangsters murdering each other left, right and centre in turf wars, and the corruption of the legal process as police officers and other officials turned a blind eye to what they considered a harmless or even social past time, drinking alcohol.
Today in the United States, it is predominantly young black men who do this, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel as the people who administer the State of Colorado have finally realized that the prohibition of "soft" drugs is a cure worse than the disease. It is to be hoped that other states — indeed the entire state — will follow in due course, and then the rest of the Western world.
With both the illicit profits and the thrill taken out of drugs, usage should fall, and this will free up enormous resources to tackle other social problems. We can but wait.
Alas, it is not only gangsters who are murdered on Valentine's Day. Back in the news today is a man named Roy Clifton Swafford, who was convicted of the Valentine's Day 1982 murder of a young woman. As the crime was committed in Florida, Swafford was eligible for, and received, the death penalty, but the Florida Supreme Court ordered a retrial, and now the authorities have linked him to another murder, that of Dianne Markland, who was only 17. She was murdered Valentine's Day 1981.
While thankfully, women commit far fewer murders than men, they are capable of being just as ruthless. In 2005, A List actress Demi Moore married her third husband Ashton Kutcher, who is 15 years her junior. Perhaps in view of this as much as the notoriously unstable nature of showbiz marriages, they divorced last year. After which Miss Moore is reported to have sold her 5 carat diamond engagement ring for a quarter of a million dollars!
So ladies, if he decides to pop the question this February 14, and you suspect that handsome prince who kissed you so passionately may one day turn back into a frog, with Bitcoin looking shaky and the stock market going up and down, insist he buys you a decent ring, because as this cute cartoon points out, there has never been a better time to sell diamonds.
Who says romance is dead?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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