Letter to Journalist at Daily Journal

I am not a journalist, My three sons who have or are working on their Master Degree (one in English) tell me politely I cannot write very well, either. I put up my site to express my objections to the Drug Laws. I have been distracted by politics, family reunions and Pharisees (AFA) seating in high seats in synagogues and taking widows last mite.

S****i, I look at the drug laws from a different preceptive than most. I see it as a mission without a goal and a power grab by many. We are locking up some of the the most sick people in our society. Some happen to be my friends. I have never used, sold or transported an illegal drug. My thoughts come from 30 years experience. I can share my experience, but for spiritual reasons I cannot print how I came to get this experience. My resume will scare you. But here it is:

My family: I am fully acquainted with four generations, both maternal and parental, which includes 71 individuals and I happen to be the only alcoholic/manic depressive.

My experience includes: I have been in mental health units 5 times for 120 days. I personally have been treated over 46 years by 19 psychiatrists, 13 psychologists and 24 family physicians for manic depressive disorder. I have no idea have many visits that included.

I visited a Federal prison once, one State prison many times, three county jails about 50 times, one hospital for the criminally insane three times. I have visited about 10 alcohol/drug treatment centers more than 250 times. I have visited alcoholic/addicts in lawyers offices, doctors offices, churches, and their homes 100s of times, Talked to 1000s on the phone both addicts and their families, I have been to about 12,000 fellowship meeting the past 30 years in 16 different states and one foreign country. I know I have met more than 10,000 alcoholic/addicts and the families.

This jail situation is a perfect example of the damage our drug laws are doing to Lee County. Please remember this Jail has been in use only nine years. My friends tell me that violence is rampant and of course we know of one homicide this year. My only question is: Why can’t the Daily Journal check how prisoners are there on drug charges, yes include those in the so call “drug business”. They would not exist without these laws? Only Lee County not the one brought from other places.

Author: harold

Letter to Daily Journal

Two blogs on my web blog are linked to the Daily Journal about over crowding in the Lee County Jail, one is an article, the other is an editorial. I have lived here for 13 years and finally we are talking about symptoms of our failed drugs laws. I must say there is no admission drug laws caused this problem but at least we are looking in the right direction. If we learn from history, I bet before Richard,”I Am Not A Crook” Nixon started pushing drug laws, Lee County Jail’s problems were few and far between (as I said I was not here).

I got attached to this issue when Nancy “Just Say No” Reagan went around the country pushing more extreme drugs laws while Ronnie, “I Knew All About Iran/Contra,” Reagan slept for three months.

I think the issue was settled 2000 years ago and still can be applied:

Mark 9:29

So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Of course, our Pharisees and scribes believe guns, crowded jails, crowded courts, long prison sentences and SWAT teams will serve us better.

I wish to thank the Daily Journal staff, both journalist and editorial, for opening the door.
Author: harold