Comments by Will1960
Posted on June 1 at 7:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree with Mr. Keller's POV. What's frustrating is that the USA seems incapable of looking at and replicating other countries that have dealt with the problem of Heroin in a much more successful way. Germany and Switzerland provide Heroin clinics to addicts where their drug use can be monitored a doctor while they work a job and live with their families. In this country that approach is viewed as 'soft on crime' or enabling the user despite the results which show a significant reduction in overdoses and drug-related crime.
I'm not at all impressed with Schumer's antiquate solutions to ending Heroin use. He caters to those in law enforcement who seek to bolster their budgets with the get-tough approach that has failed by every measure in lowering Heroin use and its related-crime. Until society rejects criminalizing this health issue, we will continued to be plagued with this viscous cycle of Overdoses and crowded prisons while a few enrich themselves fighting the drug war.
Posted on May 26 at 9:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Excellent article! The media by-and-large turns a blind eye to the transgressions of the NFL. The major sports station, ESPN has been silence on this subject(s) due to their huge TV contracts with the NFL and their fear of reporting on anything that might offend them. They didn't even cover or analyze the Ray Rice press conference.
It's refreshing to see a local sports writer take on the NFL in such a humorous and deft manner. Job well done!
Posted on May 21 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If there's visual evidence of what transpired between the police and Ms. Herrera, then its case closed depending what's on the video. I find it curious that that the police parked their car in front of the suspect to avoid a video recording from their dashboard camera. More than anyone, the police should know that in today's world of cellphones and security cameras, everything is under surveillance.
Posted on April 20 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Who and how would these designated police zones be determined? Would your neighborhood be included in these special police zones? Not! This notion of having a police state in high crime areas is quite appealing to a lot of folks in the Capital Region. Fortunately, this pipe dream for Law & Order Zealots won't be able to get past a little thing called the Constitution.
To quote Ben Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Posted on April 17 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)
What was the probable cause for doing the sting operation in the first place? At his sentencing, the informant, James Slater lamented that he was pressured by law enforcement to come up with more leads for them to make drug busts. I'm sure Attorney Luibrand will use that bit of information as a centerpiece for his lawsuit.
Donald Andrews suffered from spending a weekend in jail, tarnishing his reputation in the community as well as revenue loss affecting his business. He deserves some compensation for this debacle. The Sheriff's department needs to be held accountable and include procedural change to prevent such blunders from occurring in the future. If the Sheriff's department had done their due diligence, this injustice would never have happened.
Posted on March 26 at 8:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Changing the culture of the Secret Service which has permitted alcohol use is hard to do. However, they could start by firing these agents and send a message that drinking won't be tolerated when the Secret Service is on assignment to defend the President. This is a huge embarrassment for the White House, yet with President Obama's reluctance to hold anyone accountable for their failures on the job, I doubt anyone here will be punished, either.
Posted on March 22 at 2:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)
“While this policy may be well- intentioned, I cannot support an initiative that would divert essential funds away from students in good standing and their families and deny them the quality education,” she said.
It's quite apparent to me that Senator Tkacyzk is more concerned with her re-election bid than this issue as she waited two months to rebuke the Governor's proposal. Offering this program to inmates doesn't deny anyone a quality education. In-fact the students in good standing have many more options for advancing their education than inmates do. Offering an education to inmates has a proven track record of significantly reducing recidivism when it's been applied, it's not just some well intentioned policy as Tkacyzk states.
I like Sen. Tkaczyk. Since squeaking into office, she has done an admirable job. Although it's disappointing to see her use this issue as a fig leaf to hid behind to show voters that she and some democrats are tough on crime. Cuomo's proposal is about being smart on crime. Recidivism has been a huge problem in New York and offering an education to inmates directly impacts whether they return to prison and a life of crime.
Posted on February 22 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)
If that's the case that he was resisting Lewis, then why were all the charges dropped? I have no trouble giving cops the benefit of the doubt in most situations. But you seem to take the position that all cops are in the right, every time, no matter how egregiously they behave. And I don't have walk a day in their shoes to have an opinion whether Lewis crossed the line, which clearly he did on numerous occasions. Have you walked a day in their shoes? What makes you so enlightened?
Posted on February 21 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)
@wmarincic, I only personally know of one incident that characterizes Mr. Lewis, when he threw my friend down on the pavement, removed his glasses and maced him while he was attempting to pick up his belongings from a former girlfriend. My friend had to fight bogus charges which were eventually dismissed.
On that day, Lewis behaved like a thug and abused his power in a manner that gives all cops a bad rep. The SPD did nothing to rein Lewis in after that incident. For many years, the SPD ignored that fact that they had a raging, out-of-control alcoholic in their midst until his recklessness couldn't continue to be overlooked. An excellent cop? How John Lewis remained a cop for so long isn't his failure; it was a failure of the SPD. On a positive note, I am glad to see the SPD have righted their ship when it comes to weeding out bad apples.
Posted on February 21 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I agree with Biwemple's take on punishing white collar offenders. But to get back to Jerryrock's concern that by allowing prisoners college degrees society will somehow be enticing criminals to break the law so they can go to jail to get a free education seems absurd. What are the end results? If this program put forth by Cuomo significantly lowers the recidivism rate and converts convicts to being productive citizens than it's worth a try. No one appears to be bothered by the astronomical cost of warehousing people unless it's a perceived benefit to the criminal. The majority of those opposing this idea seem to base their opinions on their own anecdotal experience, the weakest kind of evidence. It would be more revealing to examine what similar policies have produced in other states.
If this program to provide college to inmates is passed, it should be studied carefully and if there's not a huge reduction in the recidivism rate as Cuomo predicts than scrap it. Putting our social resources only in our youth while giving up on adults who have made mistakes and exhibited bad judgement doesn't reflect this nation's history for giving people second chances.