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Second chance?

November 25, 2013

Recently there were a Florida congressman and Toronto mayor caught buying and using cocaine. They profess to be addicted and are going to rehabilitation....

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FortySixand2

Nov-26-13 5:45 PM

Random drug testing for Congress. Let's start with the Republicans since they always suggest such measures for food assistance.

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CMReeder

Nov-26-13 8:12 AM

Conservatives are Rats and continue to show they have no values they care about their valuables.

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spike2

Nov-26-13 7:58 AM

Enigma, hid what? What? Supposition is not fact. Every politician promises things. The idea is really to bring things home for the area you represent.Second, why does this always devolve to playground name-calling.Bobbie can only name people. grow up and address people appropriately, make an argument with a foundation. Could we stop with the media fed buzz words? Could we actually discuss something and utilize our own thoughts and words?

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Shulski

Nov-25-13 6:38 PM

That Florida guy was a teabagger who tried to buy cocaine. Just after he supported legislation to pea test food stamp recipients. Can't wait till a teabagger gets exposed as a pedophile like Republican Foley. Or Don't Sherwood when he choked his mistress after running on a platform of family values

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Shulski

Nov-25-13 6:21 PM

The writer is correct. The private sector never mistakenly hires drug addicts. They always know. Wow, talk about blinded by the right. Worshipping at the altar of free-enterprise. Working class people learning that its alright to be sadomized by big business interests.

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enigma

Nov-25-13 2:18 PM

"Yeah...sure, he did...you (simply) "forgot" to post his quote (where he said that)."-Sham

I would have thought a big Obama fan like yourself would have heard one of the thousands of times he talked about taxing the rich or the more direct "redistribute the wealth". Legalized theft is still theft. This may be the only thing Obama has told us the truth about. He intended to steal from the rich and give to his voters. Did you miss all of that?

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 1:39 PM

"Chuck, the biggest supporter of decriminalization or legalization is your fellow liberal Shaman. Personally I think it would be a huge mistake to legalize anything beyond marijuana." - Capricorn1

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That'd be a good start.

People might (even) get more-familiar with those days when everyone minded their own business!!

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See:

HISTORY OF DRUG USE AND DRUG USERS IN THE UNITED STATES

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gavinf56

Nov-25-13 12:47 PM

IMHO, I don't care about Canada or their politicians problems. As for the Congressman here in the US, he should lose his job, including all benefits and pension.

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 12:41 PM

Spike, I don't care if you have an 'R' or a 'D' after your name. If you are a scumbag, you promise 'stuff' to people to get elected. That stuff may differ between parties, but it is still stuff. Obama is not the only politician to promise free stuff, he was just the first to admit that it was actually stolen stuff." - enigma

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Yeah...sure, he did...you (simply) "forgot" to post his quote (where he said that).

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 12:38 PM

enigma Nov-25-13 7:22 AM Agree | Disagree

"If you look a "little"-closer, to BOTH situations, you'll find they were (BOTH) insisting their primary-addictions were (to) alcohol."-Sham

True enough, so what? Is it OK to be a drug using alcoholic in office? Is it OK to be any kind of alcoholic holding public office?" - enigma

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Apparently, the majority thought, so, in 2000.

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Capricorn1

Nov-25-13 12:17 PM

Chuck, the biggest supporter of decriminalization or legalization is your fellow liberal Shaman. Personally I think it would be a huge mistake to legalize anything beyond marijuana.

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 12:17 PM

Marion Berry proved that in this ever growing liberal society, there is nothing that can keep a person out of politics. If it feels good, do it and the people will still support you." - Capricorn1

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...And, DICK Cheney/Scooter Libby proved...you get the "justice" you can AFFORD.

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 12:13 PM

"By giving a second chance, the people are saying that we accept men of little character to represent us.....which is one of the major problems plaguing our political system."

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I remember people questioning Bill Clinton's character (when they were trying to "get" HIM, as pay-back for Nixon's Oval Office flight)...and, Clinton proceeded to oversee THE GREATEST ECONOMY THIS COUNTRY HAD EVER EXPERIENCED!!!

ReRon Reagan was SUPPOSED-to-have-been a man o' "great"-character...and, proceeded to exterminate (approx.) a half-million Brown-people, in Central America.

It's quite possible we need to (better) define "character".

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gavinf56

Nov-25-13 12:11 PM

Who changed their tune?

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CMReeder

Nov-25-13 12:01 PM

There has been a lot of discussion here at this forum about changing the drug laws, making them a lesser crime. Seems some are changing their tune now that an elected official has been charge with partaking some serious drugs.

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enigma

Nov-25-13 11:48 AM

There's the problem. Four people actually disagreed that we should elect people of good character. You can only assume from that that those four people think we should elect liars and crooks. That would account for about 3/4 of the people in office today.

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gavinf56

Nov-25-13 11:32 AM

What if they were a Senator or Rep from Colorado or Washington? Would that make a difference?

Although that would really only apply to "happy smoke".

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BornHere

Nov-25-13 11:21 AM

Agreed Mr. Reeder, I think anyone who works for the taxpayer should be drug tested and the results should be public knowledge.

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rmiller

Nov-25-13 10:58 AM

Majority here concur...leave office...no more worthy of the trust of the people...hmmmm

Does this reflect the highest office in the land also, or just those low paying jobs like Mayor or Senator?

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CMReeder

Nov-25-13 10:43 AM

"And to think that this Congressman just voted to Drug-Test Food Stamp users, amazing."

Makes you wonder how high they are when they come up with ideas for new laws, that would be from left and right. You know if someone in authority wants the rest of us to be tested for drugs they should be the first in line to present an example.

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underwood

Nov-25-13 10:33 AM

Those charged with making and enforcing the laws should be held to a higher standard than others and removed from their position if they are guilty of a crime or breach of ethics. With that said, if one was addicted and accomplishes sobriety, they should be given another chance.

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MimLogue

Nov-25-13 9:53 AM

A landlord was assaulted with injury by a tenant when trying to post a door for non payment of rent. . Didn"t the most powerful man in lycoming county DA Eric Linhardt come to the landlords meetings and profess his support for landlords during his election bid Landlords put up with all the crime in 'Williamsport happening on his watch and say nothing.We, landlords, become his scapegoats instead of focusing the blame on his office and now when a landlord needs help after an attack he wont even charge the guy with assault? what is going on in this city??

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JohnZook

Nov-25-13 9:51 AM

There are no laws in the "old boy" network. They will protect their own and speak out against the "problem", yet when they get caught, they are sorry and admit they need help. The free ride continues.

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BornHere

Nov-25-13 9:37 AM

And to think that this Congressman just voted to Drug-Test Food Stamp users, amazing.

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CMReeder

Nov-25-13 9:22 AM

Good letter and I agree with it. It is one thing to step forward and admit you have problem and seek help with it. It is entirely different when you hide it, deny it and then make excuses for it.

Love how the some on the right assume it has to be because it's liberal. Even the hypocritical conservatives are fooled into voting for a drug user.

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