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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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DKMDKM

Nov-25-13 3:32 AM

I think he should resign, or be removed from office. If the average citizen was caught in a similar way, they would likely spend some time in jall, and have a record. They would likely lose their job as well. The most ironic part is how he voted to require drug testing for people getting food stamps. Real class sct there.

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Capricorn1

Nov-25-13 3:35 AM

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. Very sad indeed.

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MrShaman

Nov-25-13 5:24 AM

"You have unfortunately disgraced your office and disappointed those who count on you to be an honest and ethical person. I vote no second chance." - Frank L. Forsha

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

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eriklatranyi

Nov-25-13 6:05 AM

In our crazy world, if people do not accept the "I have a problem" defense, you can just go on Oprah and cry for sympathy.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-25-13 6:07 AM

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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hopeforfuture

Nov-25-13 6:50 AM

I personally do not care what they do in Canada. But the Senator from Florida should go and 'go now'.

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farmer

Nov-25-13 7:09 AM

Good letter.

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enigma

Nov-25-13 7:16 AM

All of this could be avoided if we would just elect people of good character in the first place rather than voting for the guy who promised the most free stuff.

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enigma

Nov-25-13 7:22 AM

"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? How morally bankrupt do you have to be for your best excuse to be that you were too drunk to know what you were doing? That's not the kind of person I want making decisions that will affect my life.

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spike2

Nov-25-13 7:53 AM

Enigma, how does electing Obama and "free stuff" correlate to an R using cocaine. I doubt the D's voted for him. I realize substance abuse covers individuals of both parties, however, I don't think any President is the cause for transgressions of other elected individuals. Second, why wasn't this man charged criminally?

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enigma

Nov-25-13 8:32 AM

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. That points out why we have such low-life politicians in office now. A majority of people voted for stolen stuff and ignored the fact that the guy they were voting for was hiding his past. Until people vote for a person and not a policy, we won't fix this.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Nov-25-13 9:13 AM

Even in the private sector, most people are relieved of their duties and put on some type of temporary leave while overcoming the abuse. Maybe it is time for governments to put similar laws into effect.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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gavinf56

Nov-25-13 12:11 PM

Who changed their tune?

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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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