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Comments for: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012: Marijuana, Obamacare and johns

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  • Anonymous

    A. McMillen, C. Rosinski:  good letters.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Greenberg says: “Printing the names of those people suspected of being involved should be a crime. By making these names very public, the newspaper may break up homes or cause the children of those charged the object of ridicule.”

    The First Amendment gives everyone the right to publish information in the public record — or even out of the public record in many cases.

    Don’t blame the messengers, though, blame the men who chose to cheat on their wives, girlfriends, fiancees, and children. The news media most certainly didn’t force these men to cheat.

    Last, quite a few newspapers do post the names of people accused of committing minor crimes, even civil crimes such as speeding.

    • Anonymous

      So rape victims’ names should be released?

      • Anonymous

        Is the rape victim the accused?

        • Anonymous

          It’s all public record, but it is not released because of the impact of that release outweighs the public’s right to know.

          Personally I don’t think they should release accused rapists names either, until they are convicted.

      • Anonymous

        These men are not victims, they went to the club, and bought and illegal service. The men put their families at risk of humiliation A good man would never do that to his family, these men where selfish.

        • Anonymous

          Until they are convicted, they haven’t *done* anything.

    • I don’t blame papers for printing the names of criminals. The morbid fascination with consensual sex between adults however (above other minor crimes), is a sign of a society whose priorities are a little out of whack.

      • Anonymous

         The fact that consensual sex between adults is illegal, at best, is draconian. At worst, it is theocratic bullying like most “morality” laws. 

  • Anonymous

    J. Greenberg: Maybe they could be made to wear the “scarlet letter”.

  • Anonymous

    Abbie- Good luck in your attempt to educate people about marijuana. Alcohol kills more people in one hour around the globe than marijuana has in all of recorded history. Half the people in America still think Reefer Madness was a documentary! LOL. 

    • It’s a counter-productive policy. Legalizing marijuana would free up billions of dollars to put to good use in society and better yet is that it would reduce the strength of the Mexican cartels and make this country safer, not more dangerous.

  • pbmann

    If prostitution is a felony than engaging the services of a prostitute should be a felony.  Why do we treat the women (and sometimes men) more harshly than teh men who engage those women?  Without the johns there would be no prostitutes.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree

    • By that logic, a guy buying a dime bag should be punished the same as a drug dealer. Makes no sense. Those that supply the demand are the source of the crime.

      That said, I think prostitution should be legal and this should be a moot point.

      • pbmann

        I have yet to see, or read about, men being pulled off the streets by prostitutes, forced to have sex with them and then forced to pay them for the sex (usually up front).  Until that happens the johns should be treated wiht harsher penalties than the prostitutes.

        Oh, I alsos believe that prostitution should be legal but until it is, the johns should face the same, if not harsher, penalties than the hookers.

        • What you’re suggesting might act as a deterrent, but it is not just.

          There is a hierarchy.
          John < Prostitute < Pimp < Human Traffickers < Organized Crime Boss
          Drug User < Street Dealer < Distributor < Cartel Leader

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Shapero . . I am 63 years old and the concept of universal health care has been debated my entire life . . President Obama actually made it happen!

    The GOP has had over 60 years to address this issue of universal health care.  But like their positions on Social Security . .Civil Rights . . Right of Women to Choose . . MediCare . .they OPPOSED these programs, even filibustering against Civil Rights legislation!

    More than enough time as passed to come up with ” much better and more efficient health care models”.

    Winston Churchill said it best:  “American can always be counted on to do the right thing . .  . after they have exhausted all other possibilities”!

    FORWARD!

    • Anonymous

      The Civil Rights Act of 1964 would not have passed were it not for the support of Republicans.  It was the Democrats who fought the passage. 

      • Anonymous

         Goes to show, how much things can change. Also, those southern Democrats of the 50’s and 60’s, are now today’s tea party Republicans.

  • Anonymous

    “The drug, alcohol, law enforcement and prison industries all benefit from incarcerating stoners.” Abbie – it’s all OUR money.
    “Do other offenders of similar low crimes have their names made so public? Of course not.” Yes, Jon, they do. Those names are in the paper EVERY DAY.

  • Anonymous

    Jon Greenberg, I can see that you are not really considering the possibility that the spouses or other sexual partners of the Johns might wish to know that they were in danger of contracting a STD from their formerly trusted partners. I do doubt that they had a hall pass to go visit a prostitute. If you were a wife or girlfriend of one of the Johns, woudn’t you want to have yourself checked out to insure that you hadn’t been given a STD?

  • Anonymous

    Judging from the tenuous grasp on mathematics displayed by news agencies in general, the most challenging math course taken by journalists must be “MATH 100 – Number and how to write them”

  • Anonymous

    Shapero – I highly doubt that the Doc’s at Northeast Cardiology feel ‘forced’ to work for the hospital.  There are more factors to be considered when practicing medicine than money.  

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