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Re: “Guest Commentary

Thank you, Karen!!! My other half (with alcoholic heritage) FINALLY stopped doing hard drugs (coke, meth, etc) after he was 40+. He had to do it on his own - and put himself in rehab. I had never been exposed to substance abuse before. Our time together has been a horrible, trying, and enlightening education!!!!! Our country's "drug war" is a failure - as we should have found out in the prohibition era of my parents. My other half told me (before we met) that he tried heroin one time, and that it was so good, that he never used it again - because he knew he would be 'hooked' by it. I'm sure he would no longer be alive if he had!! He will turn 48 in October. We're separated because he has chosen to stay in a state that he loves and that is far more 'open minded' than most!!! Treatment has worked for him -- unfortunately, like many others, he had a 'record' before that ever happened. God bless you and your family. I hope that your statement gets around the country -- to our members of Congress, most importantly, because they are the ones that have to take the action.

Another Christine!!

Posted by ArizonaNative on 09/23/2010 at 8:24 AM

Re: “What a View!

Comment for anonymous_coward : A large portion of land in Arizona is owned by either the State of Arizona or the federal government. Of ALL THAT LAND, a much smaller portion is owned in individuals/companies/corporations. The view of the landscape (believe it or not) -- its beauty (yes desert can be beautiful), the sunrises and sunsets, no neighbors close by -- these are qualities that are never taken into account.

FYI--I left Arizona for employment, and have only had one chance to return -- which financial issues prevented. I'm the (now older) daughter, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter of former Cochise County ranchers. I had the 'good fortune' to spend a number of years living in the metro area of Houston. I had the opportunity to move to a rural area!!! NOT EVERYTHING THAT MATTERS HAS $$$$$$$$ EVALUATION.

Posted by ArizonaNative on 08/05/2010 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Cooperation for Creatures

Thank you so very much for this article. I enjoy having your on-line edition available, so I can keep up with my 'home' state. Go Wildcats (Yup, graduated in 1965)

Posted by ArizonaNative on 07/22/2010 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Tales From the Outskirts: Small Town Sports

Texas has a lot of schools -- big and small. I'm originally from Douglas. How about checking how Texas handles the playoffs and costs. The smaller school in the district where I live, went all the way to regionals this last year. I'm not a big football fan, BUT maybe Texas has a better solution? I don't know for sure - but every school seems to get a fair shake, particularly when it comes to sports, music, and other 'non academic' areas.

Posted by ArizonaNative on 07/22/2010 at 9:19 AM

Re: “The Third Country

I forgot to mention that that house was finally torn down by the ranch owner. Why? Illegals had built a fire (winter) in the middle of the kitchen area. The house was built of wood. Had it burned down with the illegals in it, their families would have held the ranch owner responsible for providing them a place to 'kill themselves'!!!

Posted by ArizonaNative on 06/17/2010 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The Third Country

I've known Wendy Glenn and her husband all of my life. Also the Snure family. I left that part of the US as a young adult -- but I empathize with them completely. I suspect that at times the illegals cross what was (in the past) my family ranch, too. Illegals broke into the house I lived in as a youngster (back in the early 1940's) It's time that our government really take measures to stop this!!!!

Posted by ArizonaNative on 06/17/2010 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Serraglio

First - I'm in my late 60's, haven't used drugs (other than prescribed for medical reasons), and have had no desire to even try them. But let's face it - there are people all over the country (and world) that have a genetic trait toward addiction!

Also, weed isn't the only problem!! It includes cocaine and all the other 'outlawed social drugs'. I was born and grew up in AZ. I have spent most of my adult life in TX, living along drug transportation corridors.

I've known (and still know) folks that use or have used drugs (including weed). One, now in recovery, is very close to me. I would ALWAYS prefer to see him smoking (weed) than drinking any kind of alcohol!!

My folks went through prohibition of alcohol. You'll notice that it was repealed. The War Against Drugs has been going on ever since I can remember. It has been a horrible failure - because it goes against inborn human cravings.

I know of at least one state (not AZ or TX) that restricts the sale of hard alcohol (bottled) to state stores, with taxes. Why not do something similar (even nationally) for drugs??? It would also have the benefit of a constant quality of the product (very unlike what folks pay for now). It is also very possible (with the markup of drugs from the origination to the final street dealer), that the cost would be less, even with taxes!!

Besides, just how much is our society spending now in the attempt to control drugs? Drug tests for employers, local law enforcement, district prosecutors, jail costs, prison costs, loss of sales taxes, DEA, other federal enforcement agencies, etc.? I seriously doubt that most of our public agencies have to evaluate classes of costs nearly as much as corporations (which usually evaluate their costs and incomes to determine what really sells/works). I know that SOME 'evaluations' have been done, but the ones I have read about always had 'leanings' toward the two extremes, rather than looking at the 'practical middle' view point.

Yes, drugs kill people. Addicts do steal to support their habits. Addicts are inclined to not care for their children. Also, enforced 'REHAB' may help BUT a person really needs to want rehab, not be forced. That 'recovering addict' close to me has spent time in prison, time in county jails, and pushed into rehab at least 3 times. It didn't work until HE MADE UP HIS MIND and put himself into rehab. One other thing -- people that endure chronic depression or bi-polar condition are MUCH MORE INCLINED TO SELF MEDICATE WITH STREET DRUGS than they are to go to a doctor to get legit prescription drugs. Why? Because they, and usually their families, are not aware of the depression/bi-polar symptoms. (I know this first hand - my adopted child endured childhood depression from about age 4 into the first year of high-school before a good diagnosis was made. I have thanked God many times that my child was not tempted to use drugs!)

We need to quit looking at this problem with our guts and emotions. We really need to look at it realistically -- get the details, get a good evaluation, start with reasonably priced treatment, legalize the stuff and control and tax it (to help pay for treatment centers - a minimum).

We've blown a good 50 years plus trying to control. It hasn't worked. Do we want to waste another 50 years or more, with all the costs and lives, before we do something that has a chance of controlling our country's problems with drugs? I don't have a bunch of answers, but our society and elected officials haven't done much more besides make things more illegal, increase the prison time and law enforcement. Unfortunately, that hasn't worked!! It's time we quit trying to reinvent the wheel, using the same procedures over and over that haven't worked - believing that they will.

Posted by ArizonaNative on 04/15/2010 at 6:29 PM

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