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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/21/2017 09:07 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/21/2017 09:07 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Week Three Op-Ed By Former Calaveras County Supervisor Tom Tryon On The "War On Drugs"

Angels Camp, CA....Letter written by Tom Tryon to Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association: I am in receipt of your letter and wish to give you my response for not providing further support for your Legislative agenda. First, let me state I am unabashedly a Libertarian. I strongly believe in economic liberty, civil liberty and a small, constrained government. I am not only an adamant supporter of the Second Amendment guarantees but of the entire Bill of Rights. Therein lies my concern. I have the distinct impression that the N.R.A. not only does not cherish the Second Amendment guarantees but also does not hold sacred the fundamental principles of liberty. The Second Amendment is only worth defending in its capacity as one of the principal foundation blocks of liberty; and as the Second Amendment represents the inalienable right of the citizenry to self defense. The N.R.A. seems more intent on furthering the Republican agenda of National Fascism than in defending the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment. I refer in general to the drug phobia as preached by the leadership and specifically to the article by Harlon Carter of September 1989. We are in critical need of the Second Amendment to prevent Harlon Carter’s vision from becoming a reality. The leadership must certainly consist of brain dead Republicans if that leadership is unable to make the positive association between the “War on Drugs”, increases in violent crime and increases in the demands for gun control.




I often feel the N.R.A. uses the Second Amendment and abuses the loyalty of its membership in order to push an agenda which will surely destroy our Second Amendment guarantees. The agenda you pursue should be an agenda for liberty, for it is only within that agenda that the Second Amendment will be rightfully respected.

Sincerely,
Tom Tryon, Supervisor District 4

“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon, if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefits of my creations and face the world boldly and say: This I have done.”



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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-21 09:28:37   By: Anonymous
 
Then they wonder why many American's are sick of these kind of politicians! Tom is a grower, his right, but is promoting another drug legalization that no one needs! Take some time to watch the tv show COPS nearly everyone they arrest on the show is doing drugs, America is an addicted nation, and along with that comes poverty, crime, chil abuse, violent crime, you name it it happens! Tom Tryon is a sad human! I know, he has offered so much to the county, we have heard all of that, but he has taken a new turn, and it is crazy!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-03-21 09:46:09   By: Anonymous
     
    People should have the right to destroy their lives if they so choose. Legalizing everything has the benefit of making their decent into their personal abyss cheaper and less crime prone and costly for society.

    Free countries allow for individual, abhorrent behavior as long as it does not harm others

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-03-21 09:59:06   By: Anonymous
       
      Drug abuse, however, DOES harm many others, particularly our children.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-03-21 10:42:43   By: Anonymous
         
        True, but how is a "ban" going to prevent that? People choose to destroy their lives. Sometimes just to spite those who try to control them

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-03-23 19:28:37   By: Anonymous
           
          Wow. Did you really ask that question?


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            Re:
            Posted on: 2017-03-24 13:33:38   By: Anonymous
             
            Gloop.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-03-21 13:08:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Children should be taught the facts about all drugs and the difference between medical use and abuse. We allow doctors to prescribe cocaine, morphine, and methamphetamine, and we teach young people that these drugs are used for medical purposes. We can do the same thing with marijuana

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          Posted on: 2017-03-23 19:31:28   By: Anonymous
           
          Nope. It doesn't work that way. We wish it did. Young people are impressionable. Also they are subject to be hurt the worst by the effects of daily marijuana use, which is impactful to cognitive development in an adverse way. So try all you want, but marijuana and its "wonderful helpfulness", really only helps a very few. The monetary argument is already proven false here in Calaveras County. The only ones benefitting are those financially invested while the rest of us must suffer the consequences, or must we? We get to vote! (Yes)

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        Posted on: 2017-03-21 13:11:20   By: Anonymous
         
        We allow people to possess all sorts of prescription drugs, most of which are far more dangerous than a few marijuana plants being grown in a patient’s basement or closet. All medicines need to be handled with appropriate care and kept out of easy reach of children. There are already laws against selling marijuana to non-patients, and child protective services agencies already have the power to protect children whose parents are engaged in criminal activity.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-03-23 19:34:54   By: Anonymous
           
          We aren't talking about a few people with marijuana plants. We are talking about the planned expansion of commercial cultivation in Calaveras County. That's correct. The no crowd wants to increase grows and place them in more zones, add more dispensaries, expand into manufacturing, distribution, storage, and transportation. They are not divulging all that they plan to do, in hope of just beating the ban. However, what they have planned is far worse. You choose.

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National Fascism?
Posted on: 2017-03-21 11:45:03   By: Anonymous
 
Tom writes: " The N.R.A. seems more intent on furthering the Republican agenda of National Fascism..."

Tom, it seems to me it's the liberal D'Rats who are promoting "National Fascism" by banning free speech on campuses, formulating political correctness with newspeak, attacking and causing bodily harm to folks who support the President while trying to destroy the 2nd Amendment as they're doing in Commiefornia.

My suggestion is that you lay off the weed for a year. The world will look really different once you clear the toxins out of your body. You're too old for that stuff, your liver is shot at your age. I'm not trying to be mean, I'm your age...been there, done that.

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    Re: National Fascism?
    Posted on: 2017-03-21 13:05:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Tylenol (acetaminophen) has been estimated to kill nearly 500 Americans per year by causing acute liver failure.

    Fontana, Robert J., “Acute Liver Failure including Acetaminophen Overdose,” Medical Clinics of North America 92(4), 2008: 761-794.

    while no one has ever died from marijuana poisoning. But no one would seriously suggest banning Tylenol because it’s too dangerous. In contrast, recent medical marijuana studies have found no significant side effects. The question is this: Do the benefits outweigh the risks for an individual patient? Such decisions should be made by doctors and patients, not the criminal justice system or Measure B.

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      Re: National Fascism?
      Posted on: 2017-03-21 15:26:50   By: Anonymous
       
      bu bye..

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      Re: National Fascism?
      Posted on: 2017-03-23 19:38:28   By: Anonymous
       
      False. Now we know that someone (more than one) has died from marijuana. The patient(s) involved were infected with contaminated medical marijuana that they took in conjunction with their prescribed medicine. One in particular was a cancer patient with a compromised immune system. The bacteria and fungus-infested medical marijuana could not be processed by his weakened body. There were 20 Northern California dispensaries that were selling this contaminated product to their patients. So, tell me, how is this helpful?

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      Re: National Fascism?
      Posted on: 2017-03-23 19:39:31   By: Anonymous
       
      False. Now we know that someone (more than one) has died from marijuana. The patient(s) involved were infected with contaminated medical marijuana that they took in conjunction with their prescribed medicine. One in particular was a cancer patient with a compromised immune system. The bacteria and fungus-infested medical marijuana could not be processed by his weakened body. There were 20 Northern California dispensaries that were selling this contaminated product to their patients. So, tell me, how is this helpful?

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Tryon-Rebuttal
Posted on: 2017-03-21 13:59:34   By: Anonymous
 
Since Mr. Tryon is now merely a private citizen, I wonder what the reason for these postings by the Pine Tree.

Seems to me some other private citizen should have the same space made available to provide a rebuttal.

Just out of fairness if nothing else, or is John trying to become parts of the radical media pushing an agenda in the public space?

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    Re: Tryon-Rebuttal
    Posted on: 2017-03-21 15:16:25   By: Anonymous
     
    April 2015 Gallup pole shows 58% of Americans want some sort of legalized marijuana. Radical idea!!

    Recreational/legal in: CA, WA, OR, NV, CO, AK and many more. Regulate don't ban. There will be NO benefit to the county with a ban. A ban will put our county in a dangerous place.

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    Re: Tryon-Rebuttal
    Posted on: 2017-03-21 17:17:45   By: thepinetree
     
    ThePineTree.net has been running all Op-Eds on both sides of this issue. All Op-Eds should be sent to news@thepinetree.net

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      Re: Tryon-Rebuttal
      Posted on: 2017-03-21 19:48:10   By: Anonymous
       
      Tom Tryon has drug (a pun) the family name through the mud, and it is now tainted forever. As much good will the Tryon's of the past have done, and built up a strong legacy, that inbred POS has taken it all down.

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    Re: Tryon-Rebuttal
    Posted on: 2017-03-22 03:28:06   By: Anonymous
     
    You have a rebutthole , theyre named Smell McAnus and Dumbass Youknow.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-21 20:00:52   By: Anonymous
 
Tom is only out for himself once again. Not only is he lying but has anyone ever mentioned about his "un-permited gun range" which lies in close proximity of residences. He has local gov't in his pocket there folks. Not only does he have his own un-permited range and allows others to practice with high powered rifles which can be heard loud and clear from others not only close but from away, but yet he attatcks another actual permitted range with no residences nearby, just near his property and he doesn't like that. As his pot farm is on that property. Tom quit lying, we all know your games.

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Good statement
Posted on: 2017-03-21 21:07:42   By: Anonymous
 
You made a good statement, Tom. The proof is that the responses are all personal attacks since the bloggers have no understanding of the subject that you addressed. I tried a joint once that made me wonder why anyone would like smoking that stuff, but apparently some do. My main concern is that they might drive under the influence. The main rule is to not harm others.

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YES on Measure B
Posted on: 2017-03-21 22:52:04   By: Anonymous
 
Ban commercial marijuana activities. For more information please visit www.BanCommercialCultivation.com


Vote YES on B...yes to ban




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    Re: YES on Measure B
    Posted on: 2017-03-22 00:10:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Yes, for lies and propaganda... Yeah, um no thanks

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-22 06:38:39   By: Anonymous
 
Fruit loop. Your brain has been addled by the dope.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-03-23 01:31:03   By: Anonymous
     


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All Baby mid-sized barnyar animals urge-
Posted on: 2017-03-23 01:30:27   By: Anonymous
 
NO ON B!

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