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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/10/2017 06:34 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/10/2017 06:34 PM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Week Five Op-Ed By Former Calaveras County Supervisor Tom Tryon On The "War On Drugs"

Angels Camp, CA...Open letter to Assemblyman Norman Waters in the summer of 1985: I read your recent letter concerning the Tri County Narcotics Task Force with great interest. While you correctly point out the economic and human costs associated with drug abuse and that the problem of drug abuse is increasing, you fail to conclude that our current government policies of longstanding have failed. Your suggested response of greater coercion and intimidation within the policing power of the state will as surely fail as the policing power has failed to date to control drug abuse.





You point out with a sense of endorsement how some law enforcement agencies and school administrations have implemented the following policies:

a) Planted undercover police officers in classrooms;
b) Students taken from class and handcuffed;
c) Cars and school lockers have been opened;
d) Students arrested on campus; and
e) Parents called to stationhouses to post bail in amounts of up to $25,000.

I asked our local Sheriff during Board proceedings if these type policies would be pursued by the Task Force, and no response was forthcoming. If these are the policies to be implemented, I assure you I shall only redouble my efforts to abolish the Task Force. These type policies are abhorrent to any concept of liberty or constitutional guarantees against government intrusions.

I also strongly disagree with your assertions that putting dope pushers out of business will cut down on the problems among our young people and cut down on drug related crimes. As you diminish the number of drug pushers, you shall only drive the price higher which shall result in more, not less, drug related crimes and as the price goes higher our young people will only be exposed to drugs with greater contaminates and more impurities. We shall not repeal the laws of economics. As long as a profitable demand exists, other individuals will become pushers to meet that demand. I firmly believe the drug abuse problem will only be minimized through some form of legalization, thus removing the exorbitant profits, and an educational effort highlighting the negative health consequences.

I would also take strong exception to your assertion that your program will not cost myself or other law-abiding taxpayers one cent. In Calaveras County the justice system (Sheriff, D.A., Public Defender, Courts, Jail, and Probation) consumes approximately 45% of general fund revenues. I expect this percentage shall increase significantly for the 1985-86 fiscal year. Your program only addresses reimbursing the Sheriff’s Department which consumes approximately 1/3 of the justice system costs. The remaining costs shall be borne by the taxpayers of Calaveras County.
I believe that residents of all counties in California would like a program to reduce drug related crimes and drug abuse. Again, drug related crimes are due to high prices which are totally a consequence of placing drugs in an illegal classification, and, again, the proper program to minimize drug abuse is education, not coercion and intimidation.

Sincerely,
Thomas M. Tryon
Supervisor, District 4
Calaveras County

“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to rely on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the government the power of borrowing.”

~Thomas Jefferson, November 26, 1798


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Supervisor?
Posted on: 2017-04-10 18:41:48   By: Anonymous
 
Tom still thinks he's District 4 Supervisor. Has no one had the heart to tell him?

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    Re: Supervisor?
    Posted on: 2017-04-10 19:29:56   By: Anonymous
     
    Tom is the only one making reasonable arguments these days, as any resident has the right to do.

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      summer of 1985
      Posted on: 2017-04-10 19:52:40   By: Anonymous
       
      Why are you publishing/republishing a letter from 1985? Has Mr. Tryon not found anything new to say? IDGI

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        Re: summer of 1985
        Posted on: 2017-04-10 20:30:09   By: Anonymous
         
        Times change but the issues remain the same.

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          Re: summer of 1985
          Posted on: 2017-04-10 22:09:57   By: Anonymous
           
          Times have changed for sure but this fella knows that money talks and bull*bleep* walks.... 1985 thoughts don't fit this mister. Place grew up but he didn't.

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      Re: Just another dope grower
      Posted on: 2017-04-11 23:33:44   By: Anonymous
       
      Tom: You are making a fool of yourself trying to defend your dirty little dope growing business. Just shut up and fade away.

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    Re: Please just Go Away
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 06:51:18   By: Anonymous
     
    Tom Its over, your done, nobody cares about what you think! Please just go away - your an embarrassment to the community, your family and the Tryon family legacy in Calaveras County!

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    Re: Supervisor?
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 07:18:08   By: Anonymous
     
    His parents must be rolling in their graves. A family disgrace is what he is...wandering the halls of the county complex, mumbling, strolling around in old dirty clothes, hats that don't fit. A mere shell of a real man. Just keep growing tom, make your family proud.

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War on Drugs
Posted on: 2017-04-11 05:00:17   By: Anonymous
 
If the "war on drugs" wasn't working, how come drugs were under much better control back when we were actually fighting it than they are now after our surrender?

The problem will probably never go away but it can be controlled better that what we are now doing.

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    Re: War on Drugs
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 06:47:13   By: Anonymous
     
    I could of bought drugs just as easily as back then as now, it's just the price of being caught was different....unless you live in Texas of another state with similar laws...or were a darker color...or spoke kinda funny....or were unsure which bathroom to use....

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Your Questions
Posted on: 2017-04-11 05:06:37   By: Anonymous
 
a) Planted undercover police officers in classrooms;
You put the police where the crime is to protect the non-criminal citizens.
b) Students taken from class and handcuffed;
You arrest the criminals where they are and make a show of it as an example to others. Some will learn - it is supposed to be a place of learning isn't it?
c) Cars and school lockers have been opened;
Students should not have the right to conceal drugs on school property. The school owns the lockers and should be able to open their locker at any time.
d) Students arrested on campus
See "(b)" above
e) Parents called to stationhouses to post bail in amounts of up to $25,000.
Such is the price for not having taken the time and effort to be a parent.


Hope that answers your questions Tom

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    Re: Your Questions
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 06:50:51   By: Anonymous
     
    I was wondering, what dispensary does Tom sell his crop to? It seems we have a lot of buds up here, but from the few farmers who would talk AND TELL ME, there's not enough "legal" buyers here. So I'm just curious, who buys the product, legally?

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      Re: Your Questions
      Posted on: 2017-04-11 07:17:13   By: Anonymous
       
      I personally know of four growers who took their grass out of state to sell it. One went to Oregon, another to Iowa, and the two others somewhere on the east coast. My understanding is the ones going east basically tripled or quadrupled their profit comparred to trying to sell it here. Many people around here had trouble selling because of the massive amounts available; supply vs demand. It should be obvious to everyone by now that very few (I don't know of even one) of the growers care about the medicinal aspect or if it goes to a "legal" buyer. It is about the money, folks.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-11 07:05:35   By: Anonymous
 


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 07:29:17   By: Anonymous
     


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-04-11 07:51:12   By: Anonymous
       
      Yellow teeth speaks again. Stop smoking that stuff and get some Crest white strips!

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-04-11 10:12:06   By: Anonymous
         
        Ahhh the time honored Calaveras County tradition of arguing about the way someone looks when they can't come up with a rational argument for the question.

        I think we have a President who is fond of this kind of diversionary response when asked about a specific.

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-04-11 13:13:32   By: Anonymous
           
          Ask something specific?

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Loser!
Posted on: 2017-04-11 18:31:54   By: Anonymous
 
He's a mamma's boy that has had family since he was in diapers but wants to appear to be somebody that he is not! He and Merita Callaway screwed up Calaveras County beyond repair and they belong in jail!

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    Re: Please just Go Away
    Posted on: 2017-04-11 18:57:07   By: Anonymous
     
    ...said the mouthbreather who couldn't tell the difference between *your and *you're.

    Seriously?

    Something about living in glass houses seems appropriate here...

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      Re: Please just Go Away
      Posted on: 2017-04-12 08:03:19   By: Anonymous
       


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        Re: Please just Go Away
        Posted on: 2017-04-12 13:12:43   By: Anonymous
         


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Tom is right.
Posted on: 2017-04-12 20:59:31   By: Anonymous
 
History indicates that outlawing cannabis would probably not be effective and would create more problems that it would solve. Furthermore, cannabis is a valuable pharmaceutical for those suffering from severe pain caused by cancer and other disease and should be made readily available by prescription. Regulation is a weak solution and banning it will merely drive it underground and enrich criminals. So, what is the best solution?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-19 18:30:27   By: Anonymous
 
Go die already you fool pawn of the Devil.

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