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I have never seen any benefit, to either our culture or to individuals, for incarcerating people solely for drug use. It does nothing to curb addiction. It does not put a dent in cartel activity, and it ruins people's lives. If one engages in crimes against other person's (like assault and theft,) a penalty needs to be incurred. For getting high? Not so much. I suspect many drug offenders would never commit, or engage in, any other criminal activity apart from what they do to themselves. And that is their business. Too many drug enforcement teams and for profit prisons are dependent on drug users to justify their livelihood. Drug use should not be a crime. Exploiting those who imbibe for your own gain, or using their proclivity for altered states as an excuse to run around with guns and haz-mat costumes should be. Law enforcement can be far too much about access to grant monies and stroking ego's, building careers and getting access to public office. It is time to amend policy and law on the side of reason.
RIp, Renee, you left us far to soon. My condolences to the family.
"There are many signs of an abusive relationship. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation."
Thank you, Pilot, for this article. My thoughts are with all the survivors, I appreciate your coming forward to tell your stories.
To anyone out there who is involved with a controlling partner, please realize that you don't need them in your life, and you are worthy of being respected and honored. Look into sociopathic characteristics, such as borderline personality disorder and anti-social PD, you will find that your partner fits the type. There are may support groups and blogs on the internet, you can find support and validation with others. These relationships will destroy you, even if your partner does not murder you or your child.
You are not the inept weak person the perpetrator has tried to convince you that you are. Take up your strength, reach out for support, and get yourself free.
I appreciated Mr. H's letter to this paper, as well as the open forum to discuss it.
What I don't understand is why someone is allowed to interject their nasty, threatening vitriol all over every post. He does not stay on topic, writes only snarky insults, and threatens those he can not control. Is hijacking a discussion by name calling and threatening something the Pilot supports? I would like to the see the editors ban this type of behavior, as well as people who use this forum to attack and threaten folks.
Fair minded exchanges of ideas contribute to journalistic integrity. The "bully on the playground" mocks the entire process and pollutes any chance of meaningful discussion.
It was not the Tardis (wrong color), the Doctor is fine.
A bear went down the river in a canoe. Everything was fine. He then jumped on his moped, but lost his wallet. When steamboat's finest tried to return his wallet while he was in the port-a-potty, he ran away to find his Subaru. However, ACET had seized the Subaru as it looked suspiciously like a rolling meth lab. No other information is available. Everything is fine.
I think the bear left the moped in the port-a -potty.
Well stated, Travis. Our country has a violence problem-first in the world in murder, gun violence and prison incarceration. I want our culture to deal with all these angry dysfunctional young men who conclude that a mass killing is the way to obtain notoriety, the mentally ill persons who are prone to violence, and other factors leading to violence including drug addiction. The psychopathic actions of these individuals is costing the lives of far to many innocents. Background checks and other reasonable limits on weaponry will help. Much more needs to be done in other areas. I hope as a country we have the courage and perseverance to find solutions.
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