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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.

From: Brooklyn native plans Schenectady mayoral run

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

Posted on June 10 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This story highlights an annoying trend where a minor interaction between police and the public is blown up into a front page story because a youtube video exists depicting the non-event. One positive aspect of America's short attention span is that Borden eventually will set in and these leading insignificant stories based on videos will no longer be the rule for the media's gatekeepers.

From: Schenectady man Tasered after being stopped for alleged jaywalking

Posted on June 6 at 1:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The naysayers will always criticize whatever design the developers come up with. Articles like this give them a forum to vent their frustrations, without offering an alternative plan. Whether the casino turns out to be a good bet for Schenectady that won't be determined for years to come. Even if the casino eventually fails, I'd rather have that property developed for another business to move in than having the toxic dump that's been a Schenectady eye sore for decades.

From: Reaction mixed on new casino design

Posted on May 4 at 9:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, when the coroner rules the death of Freddie Gray to be a homicide, they need to be criminally charged. Let a grand jury determine if the case should go to trial. For the 52% of the Gazette poll who think the cops should get off scot-free, how do they think this tragedy happened? That Freddie Gray caused his own death?
Well, the coroner has already answered that question. The Gazette poll reflects the general public's desire to show cops deference when they are charged despite even when there's strong evidence suggesting their guilt.

From: 6 Baltimore officers charged in Gray’s death

Posted on April 29 at 11:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Your right Marc. However, Hillary's campaign will never be about her achievements, its about the notion of having the world's most famous woman becoming president. Her gender is her biggest asset as she has avoided doing any interviews with serious journalists. Unfortunately, this hide-and-seek strategy will probably win her the office in the end.

From: Hillary can’t show single achievement

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