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Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
Isaac April 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Talk about spazzing out!! Your such a gentlemen. Mr. "Peace Officer"
Cathy P. April 19, 2014 at 03:36 pm
I have studied the OpenGov site and can see that it can be a valuable tool for the general public toRead More use to see how taxpayer money is being spent. However, so far it isn't very useful. Lots of charts and colored lines shows millions of dollars being spent. It's nothing new that city expenses are exceeding revenues, this is the one thing that is very clear no matter which chart you look at. As suggested by others, let's see a break down by Dept and/or purchase, etc. I guess it's a start though.
Martin W. Bailey April 19, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Well, it appears it was a total waste of my time to write ANY thing at all to Isaac. He obviouslyRead More did NOT read NOR did he comprehend ANYthing AT ALL that I wrote in the above comments. He continues to call the others rude and ugly names, when they post THEIR OWN OPINIONS, yet IF he would only THINK (which at this point seems an utter impossibility) he would REALIZE that he is not the ONLY person in the city or the county or the world for that matter, who has an opinion. if he would GO BACK AND REREAD like a man. (man being a totally generic term here, of course.) His most recent comments on here are not only condescending, they are obviously really really ignorant, still extremely RUDE, and JUDGMENTAL. How in the WORLD he can even come close to knowing what I or my FAMILY MEMBERS or any one of us WHOM HE HAS NEVER MET SAVE ON HERE, how he can possibly claim to KNOW WHAT WE HAVE EVER EVER GONE THROUGH, is beyond me!! HOW DARE HE??!! HOW DARE HE INSINUATE THAT WE ARE RACIST ? He won't even quote the so-called racist remarks that he so pridefully claims that we have posted!! Can-ak'-dee-job-low- I am absolutely voting YES on Measures H, I , and J and I am encouraging the YES vote everywhere and to everyone I possibly can. Who knows, it could mean 1 less bicycle on the street. And Isaac, this remark of yours.."Oh. Mr. Bailey. I thought we were going to be friends?"......Oh god no......but thanks for the laugh.....
Roberto P April 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm
The city of Watsonville will still find ways to hide and divert money. Look at City of Bell. UntilRead More the FBI comes and cleans house, this city will be run by the Mafia. And by that I mean the Mexican Cartels. Who benefits from having a downtown filled with balloon shops and unused businesses? It is a Cartel Operation. Look it up. This is classic cartel.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
Carl Petersen III, you are always SPOT ON with your observations, and I commend you for that.Read More Unfortunately we live in a world where it is not rewarding to tell the truth and adhere to it. Any one can argue anything; hell I can argue with you that the Sun doesn't shine every morning, even though it does. And that's what a lot of the people like the one you are referring to does. When these people discuss any matter please keep the old adage of "WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, me or your LYING EYES", at the forefront of your thoughts!!! Thank you....I YIELD THE FLOOR.....
Carl Petersen III April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Thank you. I always enjoy your input.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
You're welcome!!!!!! "All it takes for lies and proganda to flourish is for good men, andRead More women, to stand by and do nothing"
robert larsen April 1, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Dan, Thank you. That was a very insightful reply and I have to admit, I agree with you. I am justRead More weary of the constant rhetoric back & forth between neocons (Team Red) blaming Obama versus liberals (Team Blue) blaming Bush and Reagan, and the media playing on this to their own advantage. The image I have of our 2-party system is two serpents, coiled around each other, feeding off corporations and our tax dollars. But you're correct. Even if it were several serpents, the public would still choose willful ignorance and listen to Fox & CNN, versus educate themselves beyond corporate media. When my son's combat outpost was under fire, daily, in eastern Afghanistan, and soldiers were being wounded & killed, Michael Jackon's death dominated the news for nearly a month. I could barely found anything on the war in Afghanistan except on the last page. That is when I left my comfort zone. I then began to seek my understanding from broader sources. Thanks for your great comment.
Dan Schmitt April 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
Robert, Long ago, I came to the conclusion that television is designed to make us stupid, andRead More no television does that better than supposed news networks like CNN and Fox. Local and national news stations are no better. There's numerous reasons for that. One involves input and output. Television is a one-way street. There's input bombarding the viewer, but there's no output (thinking from the viewer). That's not how we get the most out of our brains. If absolutely baffles me how anyone can sit for hours watching talking heads "talk their heads off". Heck, I love sports, but the sports talking heads are nothing more than children in grown men's (and women's) bodies. So, what does that say for the viewers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We cannot expect the media to "enlighten us". The one possible exception is PBS programs like The Newshour. Everything else is mere entertainment poorly disguised as "news." . . . . . . We cannot expect politicians to enlighten us; although some can at times. That's why I READ! For example, with the Tea Party coming on the scene shortly after Obama becoming President in 2008, all I heard from their quarters was "We need to get back to Constitutionally limited government and what our founding fathers really intended." Then, I began hearing some on the left also talk about "What our founding fathers really intended." . . . . . . . . . . . So, I began reading books about the writing of the Constitution and biographies on some of the founding fathers. What I discovered was that both sides today (liberals and conservatives) are generally full of beans and know very little about the Constitution and what historical figures like Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin were really thinking at the time. So, I guess I'm saying we Americans have a responsibility to enlighten ourselves about the important issues facing us, and to expect the television media to do it is complete folly. . . . . . . . . If you're interesting in learning just how the Constitution came to be read Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier's "Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787."
robert larsen April 2, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Great points you made! My best word picture to describe the American public when it comes toRead More relying on the mainstream media for their news, is "hypnotized bovine." I lost faith in the Tea Party movement when it was hijacked by Sarah Palin and the Teavangelicals. Her mantra was, "We're gonna 'take back America." While this appealed to Joe Six Pack, she fell short of offering a description of what "take back America" meant, other than the rhetoric you mentioned regarding a return to our Constitution. You very correct in stating the need for educating ourselves on the historical roots of our Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and how these "ideas" were birthed from the Renaissance and the French Enlightenment. The process of drafting our Constitution was far from a cohesive movement and it was a long and often very heated, divisive process. But Americans tend to love dualism. Go Right - Go Left. Good guys versus bad guys, etc. But our historical beginnings just were not quite that simple. Thank you for the references and I will make it a point to get these.
Tom Ontis March 23, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I was in Orange County a number of years ago, there was a 3.4 that we felt and the LA news did fourRead More hours on it. I went back to sleep at some point.
Albany Resident March 24, 2014 at 09:29 am
The trick they are trying to pull is to have so much coverage of the quake that no matter what timeRead More a person turns on the TV, they don't have to change the channel to find out more information about the breaking event. The downside is that if you watch more than a few minutes, it becomes super repetitive, but hey, you got the info you needed without having to change the channel. (also, your mention of Fox News in the subhead still counts as a mention)
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