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  • Lake Sun E-Board: Correlation between elections and drug busts

  • QUESTION: This week, there was yet another drug bust in the lake area, this time in Linn Creek. Many people having noted in comments that the spike in drug busts recently has something to do with this year being an election cycle. What do you think about this notion? Is there any validity to this statement? How is the war on drugs going?

     


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  • QUESTION: This week, there was yet another drug bust in the lake area, this time in Linn Creek. Many people having noted in comments that the spike in drug busts recently has something to do with this year being an election cycle. What do you think about this notion? Is there any validity to this statement? How is the war on drugs going?
     
    No correlation between the two
    Frankly, I have a hard time with the correlation between voting and the use of drugs and/or the making of drugs.  I believe this correlation falls within the “apples and oranges” category.  If these people are dumb enough to become addicted to drugs, or worse yet, be involved in the making of these drugs, I suspect that they will not take the time nor even know or care enough to vote, let alone be an informed voter.  
    Indeed, let’s hope that they stay away from the polls since they obviously don’t have enough sense to be an informed voter or they wouldn’t even be involved with drugs.  
    I would presume that those who use these drugs are trying to escape from reality.  Since this type of escapism never works and since voting is an integral part of our reality, there is no room for these kinds of folks at our polls.  In regards to the question; “How do you think the war on drugs is going?” the answer is “not very well” or the question would not be asked, i.e. if the war on drugs were going well the question becomes irrelevant.  While the efforts of our law enforcement agencies are as good as they can be, the ultimate solution is to change the thinking of those involved with these illegal drugs.  
    Changing the thinking of those dumb enough to be involved seems to be a contradiction and an exercise in futility.
    Larry Magill
    Sunrise Beach
    New strategy needed in war
    These recent busts have nothing to do with this being an election year and everything to do with the Missouri Drug Task Force which is parked right here in Miller, Camden Dallas counties. For some time now, law enforcement has had the undivided attention and support of the task force. Arrests are up and more are sure to come.
     The question is, after all the money, after all the time and after all the manpower is America winning or for that matter even slowing down the illegal drug trade? Has America the sense to proclaim the drug war an, "Unwinnable" never ending battle? Are we really going to continue pumping so much into the abyss which is the current, "Drug War?"
     I think the country needs a new game plan. Legalize all drugs and stop this nonsense of imprisoning drug abusers/drug addicts. Tax the drugs (especially in the case of marijuana), control the drugs and place addicts under the control / care of physicians. This is the only way help drug addicts get off of their addictions. The drug war is a joke and we are foolish to continue with the same ineffective strategy for the next sixty years.
    Page 2 of 3 - Eric Reeve
    Macks Creek
    Missouri still has large drug problem
    I think it is unwise to think that a single county sheriff would have the audacity to order more drug busts during an election year.  In order to do that, law enforcement would have to make up evidence to get arrests good enough to stand up in court. Judges and prosecutors aren't going to waste their time on trumped up charges.  If people really understood that each narcotics case usually involves the cooperative effort of several agencies, they wouldn't spend their time blogging about the sheriff running for re-election and needing more arrests. Personally, I have got better things to do with my time.
    I am saddened about the war on drugs because Missouri still ranks as one of the highest states for the production and distribution of meth. We have to start early in this fight with our children, in our schools, and on our college campuses.  Knowledge is power and with education, we may be able to save a few from going on a long dark journey.
    James Hall
    Camdenton
    Officers have a difficult task
    Yes, I believe that there is definitely a correlation between increased drug busts and the election cycle.  A tried and proven method for re-election is to show that you are "tough on crime and meth production."  This is one of the pitfalls of a "rolling campaign" as opposed to a "Constant campaign."  This being said, state and local law officials are more frequently facing unfunded mandates to accomplish this task.
     These officers are being forced to take the battle to the offenders with fewer resources to accomplish this difficult and dangerous task.  The federal funding for these Task Forces has dwindled and the meth production has increased.  It is difficult to win the war when the battles are overwhelming without the proper and necessary artller
    Farrell Thompson
    Stover
    War on drugs a joke
    Just a quick comment on the “War on Drugs”.  What a joke.  There is  no real “War on Drugs”.  I mean, not from the perspective of wanting to abolish them.  Our local and state law enforcement do the best job possible, no question.  Then the nation’s finest lawyers and spineless judicial system set them free.  Oh, sure, there is a ‘legal’ reason.  Some overworked Law Enforcement officer forgot to dot an I or cross a t on some ridiculous mind numbing form and the perpetrators walk.
     If they want to win the war on drugs then you need to make the punishment such that it is no longer a viable business.  Make the manufacture/distribution of drugs punishable by the death penalty. And not in 20 or 30 years, I mean right then.  Once found guilty, they get walked into the next room and it’s all over.  No years of appeals, no living on death row for 10 or 12 years while the spineless wimps of politicians we have today get to pardon these people.  End it.  Right then and there.  The drug industry will dry up and go away.
    Page 3 of 3 -  But that would cost billions in lost revenue for our courts, our lawyers, and our prisons.  Not to mention the lost revenue for countries like Columbia? Mexico? (What would the cartels do?)
     When you ask are we winning the “War on Drugs” I have to ask, “What War?”
    Scott Hagan
    Lake Ozark
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