Comments by Will1960
Posted on January 2 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Wmarincic, I guess you're okay with wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and our scant law enforcement resources on the war on marijuana with 0ver 800,000 arrests for simple possession. Your concern about pot's potency has been exaggerated since the 1980s, yet that claim still doesn't diminish the fact that according to DEA Judge Francis Young, pot is one of the most safest substances on the planet. The proof of Young's statement is born out in the fact that no one has ever overdosed from in-haling. No one.
The moral decay of America has been criminalizing marijuana use through lies and propaganda with films like "Reefer Madness" and giving pot a schedule I classification without any scientific scrutiny. We can credit the war on pot for helping America earn the tile as the world's leading jailer. Kudos to Lawrence Goodwin for calling out a ridiculous op-ed piece, favoring prohibition with his thoughtful counterpoint.
Posted on December 24 at 10:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Why can't America look to what Germany and Switzerland accomplished by making Heroin Maintenance clinics available to their citizens? The results are that those countries lowered drug-related crime substantially, weened more addicts off their addiction and severely cut into the black market of that drug. These polices don't condone heroin use but to treat this problem as the health issue that it is. This approach is more humane and compassionate while not relying on taxing the criminal justice system to warehouse addicts.
The legislative session Sara referred to focused solely on passing tougher laws, something politicians here are good at even though the results have failed to put a dent in the availability of Heroin or reduce the number of users. It's time for our elected officials to think outside the box and look where success has been achieved in dealing with Heroin and all the problems associated with its use. The fear of being tarred as "soft on crime" has prevented politicians from both parties from acting in a thoughtful and effective manner. We can do better than repeating the same mistakes.
Posted on December 17 at 1:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Clint Green paints a disturbing yet accurate picture our youth's overindulgence with electronic devices. It will likely take more of that anti-social conduct before parents and educators get serious and start limiting their children's use of these machines. We as a society have been much too slow to re-act to the negative effects of these devices on today's youth. I agree that these devices have helped to create a generation of zombies who will fall through the cracks without having the ability to think for themselves or be able to engage their social skills since they are void of any.
Posted on November 29 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
tues8capt touches on an important and enormous problem with our young people disconnecting from society by engaging in their electronics of convenience 24/7. This perpetual activity kills their curiosity and hinders their ability to problem solve on their own. If parents don't make a concerted effort to educate their kids on using this medium responsibly, the disconnect will only grow and we will all lose as a result.
Posted on November 16 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I wonder why Ken Schott's column is no longer available in the Saturday print addition of the Daily Gazette? I used to look forward to his listings of the NFL and College Schedule of announcers and TV times. What's the deal, Ken?
Posted on November 16 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)
With the Drone attacks, Wmarincic raises an issue that deserves more attention than its been getting in the media. As the Noble Peace Prize winner, Obama shows breath taking hypocrisy with his unfettered and non-transparent use of Drones. They are a dehumanizing force that reduces the horror of war to a video game. Medea Benjamin wrote a book, "Drone Warfare", which documents the carnage this program has reaped on innocent people and even American Citizens.
Obama has exploited the public's disinterest in the fact that these drones create more terrorists and have killed hundreds of unintended targets. Through Obama's secrecy of this program, the public is unaware of its consequences. However, once this technology starts to used against us on American soil, the question will be how did we ever allow Obama to open this Pandora's box?
Posted on November 14 at 7:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)
From 1990-1993, NYC averaged over 2,000 homicides annually. My apartment faced Needle Park on 110th street. I was right in the thick of it and life was cheap. It seemed that during that time period, a week didn't go by when someone in my neighborhood wasn't murdered. The homicides began routine. You could feel the tension in the air when you walked the streets. The Mayor, David Dinkins and the police had an ongoing feud which further fueled the mistrust and corruption in the city. I know what life was life then and I hope nobody has to re-live such anarchy. Schenectady of 2013 and NYC of 1990s are very different situations although people like to revise history to make their political points.
Posted on November 14 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Wmarincic, I lived on the upper Westside of Manhattan in the 1990s. It was total chaos. You can't compare what was happening in NYC then to what is going on in Schenectady now. If your tough-on-crime mantra would solve or even reduce the crime rate in Schenectady, don't you think some aspiring politician would run on the platform? Appearing tough-on-crime is the easiest platitude for a politician to embrace. If they were serious about solutions they would start a conversation to end prohibition and put the gangs and drug dealers out of business for good. The question concerning prohibition is a good litmus test for a politician's ability to be honest. If they admit it's failures, they are being realistic. If they deny it's failures they're being dishonest and have no backbone for solving all the problems associated with the drug war.
Posted on November 14 at 4:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)
I would much prefer exchanging barbs with someone like Daily, where I might learn something from debating this story with him. The first two bloggers don't appear capable of discussing or contributing to an issue as complex as crime. Boots on the Ground? You might get the police state you wish for and still be plagued with the same crime rate you sought to end. Section8tady. How does your clever play on words forward any thoughtful solutions?
Posted on November 1 at 7:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)
wmarincic, the article also went into depth about Jack Welch destructive decisions for Upstate New York while he was CEO of GE. That's what I was referring to. Must you always view everything through a democrat/republican prism?