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A sickening feeling

July 8, 2013

It makes me sick when I read how many names appear in the "drunken driving" section....

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Garben78

Jul-08-13 5:45 PM

The two guys who put the skunk in Corporal Darren Farber mailbox did it as a little retribute and trust me those two guys IQ's together are not nearly a double digit total

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 1:56 PM

That's true Phil and one example is failing to pay child support. To me that is. Defeating the purpose because they aren't working if they are in jail. The war on drugs is a big reason our prisons are overcrowded. That was discussed in another thread and in my opinion it has been a failure.

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philunderwood

Jul-08-13 1:39 PM

Gunny, I’d say we should take a hard look at what we’re locking people up for. As I mentioned in the other thread about my letter, I don’t believe there should be crimes without victims. I’m not sure how much of a difference that would make in the prison population, but it sure would reduce the cost of law enforcement and our court system.

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ScienceIsKing

Jul-08-13 12:34 PM

Debbie,

I always wonder why people do that myself. It's not hard to find a DD or to get cab. People only think about themselves and people like your dad and you.

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FormerEastEnder

Jul-08-13 12:04 PM

I feel for her loss, but my question for the writer is: "what have you done to help curb this issue?".. if nothing more than sit back and read names on a continual basis, my suggestion is she just turn the page. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 12:02 PM

Phil, while I agree the fact is they first have to come up with a solution for overcrowded prisons. If it was up to me I would do what Sheriff Arpaio does in Maricopa County Arizona and build tent cities and make like miserable for those who want to break the law. Or how about taking some of these decommissioned ships and make floating prisons. I know, that's a little far fetched but we have to start thinking outside the box and stop allowing inmates to go free long before they served their sentence, just to make room for more.

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philunderwood

Jul-08-13 9:46 AM

If someone drives while impaired, they’re putting others at risk, which is most certainly an infringement upon their rights. Since the result of driving impaired could be the loss of someone’s life, the act should be treated as a serious crime.

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-08-13 8:38 AM

richardson, the 2 guys I referenced each got over $1000 fine for thier little "prank" and com. service.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 8:01 AM

On a positive note, in 1980 more than 21,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Today that deadly toll has been cut in half, but there is still more work to be done. And we must give credit where credit is due, MADD was founded in 1980 and through education, awareness and tougher laws, many lives have been saved.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-08-13 7:41 AM

DUIs and serious jail time is something that every state struggles with. The problem is prison population and DUI without injury or death is considered a victimless crime. I don't think our jails and prisons could handle serious sentences for those DUIs as sad as that may be. I don't think anyone wants to see inmates for more serious crimes be paroled early to make room for drunk drivers.

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richardson

Jul-08-13 7:19 AM

I once helped put a live skunk in a cabin where my buddies were sleeping. Sure glad I lived when we didn't have to be so "pure".

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wwhickok

Jul-08-13 7:14 AM

When it comes to drug related crimes and DUI's, they need stricter consequences.

A lot of people get killed by Drunk Drivers. Seldom is the victim the individual who was driving drunk. The DUI Laws are basically 'wrist slaps'. These people need to do some serious time and never be allowed in vehicles again. Drinking & Driving is a major problem, the only reason that people think it's not, is because 75% of the people that do it, DON'T get caught.

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Tgrammiex4

Jul-08-13 5:10 AM

I agree. Between the DUIs and drug charges it's alarming.It's no longer the "younger" folks either, i think the ages shown are suprising.The shoplifting ones are suprising too, many "old enough to know better". I think the 2 men a couple of weeks ago putting a dead skunk in someone's mailbox took the cake. These weren't kids, one in his 30's and one in his 40's.Hardly a teen prank.

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Garben78

Jul-08-13 4:58 AM

Sorry for your loss but I wouldn't read the names if it bothered me that bad and the sun gazette wouldn't print them if they knew it wasn't going to bother people. I also find it sick about reading on all the shooting victims all the time and all the child rapist and etc etc maybe they shall stop printing a paper here all together

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