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Other side of the blame game

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 2:37 PM

I know in advance I'll probably be criticized for writing this blog, but I never backed away from potential criticism during my many years in news work.

Two things have led to my writing this blog, the Tiger Woods situation and all of the recent outrage over drugs coming into the United States from Mexico and other places.

Woods was totally wrong. I certainly don't condone his actions. But, aren't the mulititude of women who have rushed forward as if in a hurry to let everyone know they were involved Tiger just as wrong? Do they need rehab?

Apparently it's a short distance from hall of fame to hall of shame and they also crossed the line without a blush.

Have you ever stopped to consider why we have drug cartels and lesser traffickers constantly threatening our borders?

Isn't it time Americans faced up to the fact there would be no reason for all of this illegal activity if our nation didn't have a major illegal drug problem?

We see it practically daily in the Times-Gazette and on area and national television. Crime, ruined lives and huge amounts of money spent on this worthless cause are all part of the game.

Does America need to take the time to worry about destroying itself by lack of character?


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Personally, if the TV and papers would stop glamorizing drug dealing then it probably wouldn't be as bad as it is now. Every time you see on the news or read a story about a dealer getting busted, they always tell you how much their stash was worth: $1 million, $100,000.... Some people see this amount and only care about making the money. They don't care or see all of the damage that they are causing.

But the drug problem goes much higher than the simple dealers that you read about in the paper every day.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 2:48 PM

Legalize all drugs and the majority of the drug problem wold self-correct in short order. By keeping drugs illegal, the cost of arrest, seizure of product, bribes, turf wars, and many other factors are figured into the end price. By making them legal, the price would drop instantly, and addicts would no longer need to steal or rob to support their habit. Gangs would no longer do drive-bys to protect their turf.

America should have learned this lesson during prohibition.

The fact that the majority of crimes are drug related means that a majority of judges, lawyers, police, etc. depend on drugs remaining illegal.

We have spent countless trillions on the war on drugs and what have we gotten for our money?

The average high-school student could be given $100 and come back with their drug of choice in a very short time.

As long as their is a desire for a product a market WILL be created.

Legalize it, tax it and watch crime plummet.

-- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Mar 18, 2010, at 2:54 PM

So, Johnny the crack addict and Susie the meth addict who have been robbing, stealing, killing and mugging to get their "drug of choice" are going to get jobs and cease all their illegal activities if drugs are legalized? Who knows, if drugs are legalized, I'm sure some idiot in Washington will propose a bajillion dollar entitlement program to provide them all the crack, meth and other drugs they could ever want.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 1:17 AM

No, but the price of drugs will fall so much that they won't need to rob and steal to afford their drugs.

Al Capone would have been just another anonymous dockworker if alcohol would have been kept legal, but prohibition brought the opportunity of massive profits. It also brought what was then, extreme violence.

Study prohibition. Substitute drugs for alcohol and the lesson is already there.

-- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 5:28 AM

I 100% agree with quietmike. I have never tried any illegal drug, and would not do so if they were legal, but I still think we should legalize them. If someone wants to do meth until they die, let them. Seems better than arresting them and using my tax dollars to give them food and shelter. Legalize!

Prison system is no longer overburdened.

Government can tax the sales and profits helping with the deficit.

Drug manufacturing can be regulated for safety/quality.

Creates jobs.

Prohibition failed miserably. So too will the War on Drugs.

-- Posted by Chad O on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 9:23 AM

Dilaudid, legal. Hydrocodone, legal. Oxycontin, legal. All three of these drugs are very legal, with an MD's prescripton, yet all 3 are sold on the street, illegally. You really don't want my opinion on the other legal drug, alcohol. I have cared for way too many "legal" addicts over the years to be conviced that legalizing meth and crack will fix our war on drugs. I fully understand that prohibition failed, but legalizing drugs will not cure anybody's addictive habit, it would just make it a legal habit.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 10:22 AM

"legalizing drugs will not cure anybody's addictive habit, it would just make it a legal habit."

of course outlawing drugs does not cure anybody's addictive habit either. it just creates a huge social cost of enforcement, incarceration, crimes to support a habit that could be supplied very cheaply, and supporting a huge illegal economy that harbors criminals and does not contribute taxes. the truth is, the efforts to control people's addictive habits by means of legislation is enormously expensive for purely symbolic returns.

-- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 3:36 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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