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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Posted on June 21 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You make some intelligent observations regarding the back story of the construction of the Plaza. Its probably a wise choice not to allow the history behind it to taint the positive aspects the Plaza offers Albany. The film documenting the displacement of those living in downtown Albany was quite emotional and powerful. Could a similar power grab occur today? Probably not on the same scale as many of Governor Nelson Rockefeller's dubious claims discrediting the neighborhood he sought to destroy were never challenged or investigated by a gullible media. With today's watchdog groups and the internet, such fear mongering tactics could never take hold as they did then. It's a good thing that The public is more skeptical of politicians' motives.
Part of the legacy of the building of the Plaza is a cautionary tale of what harm can be done when when political and corporate greed are left unchecked by the media.

From: 50 years later, Plaza stirs mix of feelings

Posted on June 18 at 10:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well Chris Gibbs is trying to do something positive where most people are too apathetic to attempt such an ambitious goal. This is a good news story that might inspire others to follow his lead. Its easy for anyone to mock Gibbs from behind their computer. Running for political office takes commitment, discipline and self-confidence. Gibbs deserves a round of applause for trying his hand at a profession that is laden with cynicism and skepticism. The naysayers, not so much.

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Posted on June 14 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So another proposed get-tough strategy. How's that worked the past 40 years? Longer penalties do little to treat the addict once they've become addicted and indoctrinated in a black market world. Why not consider models of Heroin maintenance clinics that have reduced Heroin use as well as drug related crime in Germany and Switzerland? These solutions offer the addict to work, be with their families and break the addiction cycle in a less punitive manner.
The status quo opposition by law enforcement agencies to these policies that have demonstrated success in Europe have put a choke hold on progressive ideas that effectively address this problem. It's time for our elected leaders to embrace more effective solutions. Editorials like the Gazette's suggesting the antiquated approach to get tougher only make it harder for politicians to think outbox the box and take actions that actually change and improve the lives of those addicted to heroin.

From: Strengthen penalties for heroin dealers

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