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Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
Homes on Public Trust lands/waters at Sandy Beach in Vallejo, CA from Google
Reality Check April 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_23906899/vallejo-neighborhood-faces-state-fees "MuchRead More to their surprise, Vallejo's Sandy Beach residents soon will have to shell out potentially thousands of dollars to the state to rent portions of their properties that jut out into the Mare Island Strait. "The South Vallejo waterfront neighborhood was the first in California to receive the unexpected news from the State Lands Commission requiring affected residents to enter into lease agreements."
Reality Check April 9, 2014 at 10:56 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallejo,_California South Vallejo also has another historic areaRead More "Sandy Beach", the first area in Vallejo to be settled. Although this area is located in South Vallejo, Sandy Beach is actually unincorporated Solano County. The houses here, located on the shore at the mouth of the Napa River, were formerly fishing shacks originally built in the 1800s.
Lee Callister April 9, 2014 at 02:52 pm
Sandy Beach place has a long and interesting history. Apparently the land itself is not under StateRead More Lands, but most of the houses extend out onto docks where they are, and which means the Public Trust doctrine also applies. I personally have no objection to them being there. Only the fact that State Lands is negotiating leases with them to stay while telling the city that Docktown residents have to move - because WE live on water subject to the (same) Public Trust. And I note that BCDC has authorized floating homes in Sausalito, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Alameda, all of which are also trust lands. Given that we have been here 50 years already, and that both the City and State lands knew it it seems grossly unfair to tell us we now have to move. If we were under BCDC jurisdiction they would most likely have just grandfatherd us in, which is what State Lands should do here.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
Carl Petersen III, you are always SPOT ON with your observations, and I commend you for that.Read More Unfortunately we live in a world where it is not rewarding to tell the truth and adhere to it. Any one can argue anything; hell I can argue with you that the Sun doesn't shine every morning, even though it does. And that's what a lot of the people like the one you are referring to does. When these people discuss any matter please keep the old adage of "WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, me or your LYING EYES", at the forefront of your thoughts!!! Thank you....I YIELD THE FLOOR.....
Carl Petersen III April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Thank you. I always enjoy your input.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
You're welcome!!!!!! "All it takes for lies and proganda to flourish is for good men, andRead More women, to stand by and do nothing"
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