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Posted on August 18 at 2:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Typical Pnotto not citing one study or fact to support his patriotic fervor for the drug war.
"If it was up to idiots like the two of you, the US would have more than 1 in 6 people addicted to hardcore narcotics where it would be 1 in 3 per FBI statistics."
Pnotto you just pulled this crap above out of thin air. And your long-winded rant suggests that people really need to have a law to tell them not do Heroin. Your belief that we need to have a heavy handed reliance on law enforcement is getting more antiquated and less politically viable, thankfully. Just look at what happened where Portugal which decriminalized all drugs: their drug use went down as did their overdoses and law enforcement now can focus its scant resources on other issues. There's no reason why this country wouldn't experience the same results if only we leaders with a backbone to take on the status quo that profits from the drug war.
The industries that thrives off waging a war on drugs, don't want to solve the problems associated with addiction, they just want the government to build more prisons requiring taxpayers to continue to throw more resources into the drug war money pit.

From: Schenectady County sheriff creates full-time narcotics unit

Posted on August 17 at 10:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Schenectady would have been wiser to invest its funds in a Heroin maintenance program where the addict can work a job or be with their families as they are weened off the drug by a doctor.
Unfortunately, America rejects this proven approach(as in Germany and Switzerland) where those countries have significantly reduced their Heroin overdoses along with drug-related crime. Instead, we continue to revert to the same old, tired, failed policies of using our criminal justice system in an attempt to solve what is essentially a health issue. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. The drug war has demonstrated this logic for decades.
Once the government creates and funds a task force to fight the drug war, it clings on to the taxpayer forever. The Task Force will never be held accountable to succeed as the budget will continue to grow each year, regardless of the results.

From: Schenectady County sheriff creates full-time narcotics unit

Posted on August 11 at 2 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's unfortunate that an old church building in Schenectady can't be utilized without having to tear it down and replace it with a ubiquitous cookie-cutter structure. Though, it's fortunate that we have a solid business in Stewart's to step up to the plate to add another property to the tax rolls then have the Church sit idle as it slowly decays into blight.

From: Stewart's Shops plans to raze Schenectady church

Posted on July 27 at 5:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I praised Chris Gibbs when he threw his hat into the Mayor's race. Unfortunately, when you give accolades to someone without knowing that person, your words can backfire.

From: Schenectady mayoral hopeful Gibbs arrested

Posted on July 21 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hector Gomez could be a very effective speaker to the troubled youth that get caught up in the street life. His words to the defendant were powerful, but they might actually serve to benefit kids before they engage in the kind of "street Justice" that put Emmanuel Martinez away for life. It must be extremely frustrating for Torres's family to have Martinez sit in front of them in silence without showing any remorse. So rightfully neither did the judge.

From: Schenectady murderer gets 65 years to life

Posted on July 11 at 8:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Gazette's point of getting beyond the Cheech and Chong effect is a pleasant surprise here as the most of the mainstream media can't seem to resist the temptation of going there with their stupid puns and antiquated logic. I'd rather see this locate on Van Vranken & Nott having a flourishing and tax-paying business instead of what sits there today, a graffiti covered eye score that lowers the property value in Goose Hill.

The War on Pot has long been a sacred cash cow for law enforcement and easy way to garner votes for politicians who followed Richard Nixon's law and order mantra. Twenty years for now, people will look back with amazement that such a bogus and wasteful policy was kept on the books for generations. Five years from now these dispensaries will be commonplace as liquor stores.

From: Medical marijuana dispensary no concern

Posted on July 7 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There has been at least two children in New York State who have died while waiting to receive medicinal marijuana promised by the Governor. Of all the states' that voted to legalize MM, NYS is the most heavily restricted and bureaucratized law. Yet, he has gotten no scrutiny by the media for dragging his feet on making pot available to the families and children who so desperately need it.
The governor did the bare minimum to appease the voters in passing this law, making the parents of these sick kids jump through every hoop imaginable. And a year later, he still has failed to deliver on an issue that has overwhelming support by New Yorkers. Disgraceful!

From: Patients to urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

Posted on July 6 at 9:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Rand Paul stands out among Republicans as the most stringent critic of the drug war, while Bush and Christie lead the way for continuing to embrace this antiquated, failed policy. For a report card grading the 2016 candidates position on pot and their past governance on the issue:

From: The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

Posted on July 1 at 6:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One issue that hasn't gotten much press is some of the Republican candidates hostility toward the states that voted to legalized pot. Chris Christie has bellowed that he would put a stop to the pot industry in Colorado, without offering any specifics as to how he would actually execute such a dumb idea. Jeb Bush has consistently opposed even medical marijuana legislation despite being a heavy user in his youth. His daughter had problems with drugs and she never spent a day in jail, but Bush favors punitive measures for drug offenders if they happen to be outside of his family. And Bobby Jindal recently denied a pardon to Bernard Noble serving a 13 year sentence for getting caught with 2 joints. Jindal's reasoning was that Noble hadn't served 10 years of his sentence. The law & order mantra that fueled America's mass incarceration crisis and served Presidents Nixon and Reagan so well has lost its luster in 2015.
How 2016 candidates would handle states that voted to legalize is a indication of whether they respect the integrity of its voters. If the media can get beyond covering the latest Trump controversy or Hilliary's E-mail dumps, we might get some answers as to how Republicans will address this historical shift in our culture toward ending prohibition.

From: Richard Cohen: Republicans’ survival depends on willingness to adapt

Posted on June 25 at 5:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The only arrests made after this Shawshank escape have been of the guards in the prison. This fiasco has been an enormous embarrassment and indictment of the New York State prison system. You can bet that once they are captured, whatever prison these two escape artists wind up in, there's going to be pay back from the guards big time.

From: Arrested prison guard denies knowing of inmates' escape plot

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