Stuff co.nz 23 June 2020Family First Comment: South Cantabrians are against a groundbreaking proposal to change New Zealand’s cannabis laws, include a former senior sergeant, youth worker and bereaved father – and they’re hoping their experiences may help inform others ahead of September’s referendum.Former police officer Mark Offen points out that alcohol reform has not protected youth, and he sees the proposed new bill in the same light. “The alcohol age limit is 18, but the defacto limit is 12 or 13. It will be the same with cannabis, the limit of 20 will see 14 and 15 year-olds trying it.”South Cantabrians against a groundbreaking proposal to change New Zealand’s cannabis laws, include a former senior sergeant, youth worker and bereaved father – and they’re hoping their experiences may help inform others ahead of September’s referendum.Voters will get the opportunity to decide for or against the Cannabis Legislation and Control Bill at the general election in September. The bill, which aims to regulate production, supply and consumption of cannabis to those aged 20 and over, has already drawn mixed reactions.One of those who opposes the changes, is former senior sergeant Mark Offen – who spent 30 years working on the front line and has seen the impact of drug use first hand.“Once the genie is out of the bottle you can’t put it back,” warns Offen.Offen, who left the police force four years ago, is concerned that there was no evidence that the legislation was the best thing to do as academic experts on both sides of the argument presented equally compelling points of view.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/121420223/former-cop-youth-worker-and-bereaved-father-against-cannabis-legislation
Waldman was joined in the pregame by recently retired Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cole.After a beautiful rendition of the anthem by Suzyn Waldman, a slim CC Sabathia tosses the ceremonial 1st pitch to Gerrit Cole at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/VzNwkePMlB— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) July 31, 2020Waldman is slated to be half of the Yankees’ broadcast booth through the end of the 2020 season.This article has been updated. That’s baseball, Suzyn.Long before Gerrit Cole put ink to paper and realized a boyhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to him: Sign with New York and you’ll get to hear me sing the national anthem. Well, prior to Friday night’s Yankees home opener, Waldman kept that promise: She sang the anthem for an audience of Cole and everyone else who was allowed in the building.Tonight’s National Anthem was performed by Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn was the very first voice ever heard on WFAN radio. She has been a beat reporter, TV analyst, play by play broadcaster, and is the first and only woman ever to have a full-time analyst job with a Major League team. pic.twitter.com/9IEmHzzv6D— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020A moment years in the making. pic.twitter.com/woxgETnTFX— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020MORE: Did Donald Trump lie about throwing out first pitch at Yankees game?It’s far from the first time Waldman used the mic for singing and not analyzing. The trailblazing, longtime analyst for the Yankees’ radio network has sung the national anthem not only at Yankee Stadium but other baseball stadiums many times in the past, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park. Suzyn Waldman is singing the National Anthem before tonight’s Yankees home openerShe can really do it all pic.twitter.com/uE1OueHjMa— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 31, 2020The 73-year-old Waldman was a stage actor in musicals long before heading up to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play man John Sterling is in its 16th season for WFAN. And she’s no stranger to New York’s sports radio station, either: Her voice was the first heard on the station when it was launched in 1987.