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Obvious Solution

April 4, 2013

Rarely are the answers so obvious to the problems facing our county and state....

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CMReeder

Apr-05-13 8:55 AM

"Just remember, prohibition was the brainchild of progressives!"

LOL

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JerryfromRI

Apr-05-13 6:38 AM

...was the brainchild of social conservatism.

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JerryfromRI

Apr-05-13 6:37 AM

@eriklatranyi

"Just remember, prohibition was the brainchild of progressives!"

Hold on a minute there, I think it would be more correct to say that prohibition was the brainchild of social conversations.

Yes, I concede the movement was "progressive" but I think you're attempting to imply a link to modern progressive ideas which is simply incorrect.

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GoBB62

Apr-04-13 9:52 PM

Wikipedia. Now there's a 100% fully reliable source.

*sarcasm*

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Bufftrev1

Apr-04-13 9:28 PM

Sorry, Erik.. incorrect, as usual. The dry movement was started by rural Protestants in both political parties. (Wikipedia)

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DavidBross

Apr-04-13 9:07 PM

"Just remember, prohibition was the brainchild of progressives!" Erik, should I take from that statement that you are against the existing prohibitions against drugs?

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eriklatranyi

Apr-04-13 8:37 PM

Just remember, prohibition was the brainchild of progressives!

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JohnZook

Apr-04-13 7:38 PM

The Stephanie reference was to our good friend and LTE writer Stephanie Crayton. We all understand she means well.......

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JerryfromRI

Apr-04-13 5:11 PM

@Bobbie2

The Stephanie reference went over my head.

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bryan48

Apr-04-13 5:09 PM

Lol I hope this was sarcasm...

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 12:58 PM

Sham,"Yeah...sure...you "never" hear FAUX Noise/Porky Limbaugh fans insisting there are "easy" answers to all our problems."

I didn't say that there are no easy answers, I said that not all easy answers are good answers." - enigma

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No, you WERE suggesting "most liberal solutions" are the RESULT of looking for "easy answers"...a tactic TYPICALLY-employed by T-Baggers!!!!

Maybe I was using too-many "big"-words, and had confused you.

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enigma

Apr-04-13 10:40 AM

Sham,"Yeah...sure...you "never" hear FAUX Noise/Porky Limbaugh fans insisting there are "easy" answers to all our problems."

I didn't say that there are no easy answers, I said that not all easy answers are good answers. You seem to have a serious comprehension problem. There is an easy solution for that. OPEN YOUR MIND! I know you won't do that, but it is an easy answer.

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 9:52 AM

"The letter writer was (I hope) illustrating how the 'obvious' solution sometimes will not work. With these ridiculous solutions, he demonstrates that sometimes a problem is more complex than it appears on the surface. These obvious solutions sound workable at first glance, but would actually make things worse when you look deeper. This is the reason that most liberal solutions don't work." - enigma

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Yeah...sure...you "never" hear FAUX Noise/Porky Limbaugh fans insisting there are "easy" answers to all our problems.

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 9:44 AM

"Throw in the legalization of marijuana and once again there would be a decline in the prison population. No more minor drug incarcerations." - Jay D. Myers

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I always thought it was a shame that prisons couldn't consider making marijuana MORE-readily-available to their entire-population!!

That certainly would have a MAJOR-impact on reducing violence, in prisons...for the general-population AND Staff!!

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enigma

Apr-04-13 9:40 AM

The letter writer was (I hope) illustrating how the 'obvious' solution sometimes will not work. With these ridiculous solutions, he demonstrates that sometimes a problem is more complex than it appears on the surface. These obvious solutions sound workable at first glance, but would actually make things worse when you look deeper. This is the reason that most liberal solutions don't work. They look good on the surface, but underneath lurks quicksand. If that's what the writer meant, then good letter. If he was serious, what an idiot.

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 9:35 AM

"I don't know how Jay thinks making alcohol illegal and marijuana legal is going to decrease prison population at all. If anything, it'll have the opposite effect by turning more people into criminals." - Tedeaux

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'Tis true. Most people recognize how-much-more violent, people get, under the influence of alcohol.

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MrShaman

Apr-04-13 9:30 AM

"Rarely are the answers so obvious to the problems facing our county and state. Two simple solutions would solve two looming problems-privatization of the state liquor stores and the lack of prison space.

Though it was tried before, the time is now ripe for a return to prohibition! No more liquor stores to debate and no more DUIs. We could then use our current prison to house felons and domestic abusers." - Jay D. Myers

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I think you "might" want to re-visit the end-result of Alcohol Prohibition 1.0, regarding prison-space. I'm fairly-certain that little moralistic-exercise generated a need for additional prison-space.

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CMReeder

Apr-04-13 8:27 AM

Bring back prohibition but decriminalize drugs. Un-huh!

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SteelerFan

Apr-04-13 8:17 AM

Good sarcastic LTE

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Josh84

Apr-04-13 8:07 AM

well yeah, I think hes on to something. If we just stop considering crimes illegal, then no one can commit a crime. I can picture the statistics now, and they look amazing. Someone get Rahm on the phone!

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spike2

Apr-04-13 7:32 AM

the home brewing hobby was called 'stills". This area claims Price Farrington. Ending Prohibition stopped an incredible amount of organized crime just as legalization could. How about making people responsible for their consumption? I didn't agree with illegality of "Big Gulps". The individual pays the penalty if they choose to ruin their lives with drugs and alcohol, just as obesity will kill them. personal choice, as long as I don't have to pay health care for those who choose Fritos and soft drink or french fries and red meat. I guess this is like guns, you have an absolute right to be as ridiculous as you want.

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JerryfromRI

Apr-04-13 6:22 AM

In addition to the repeal of prohibition, let's repeal the 3rd amendment as well.

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WKnapp

Apr-04-13 6:17 AM

I believe that this letter is great humor! It starts with the insanity that is trying something that has already failed, expecting different results. I'm sure this is not a seriously intended letter. Thank you for your humor, Mr. Myers!

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eriklatranyi

Apr-04-13 5:58 AM

The mentality that prohibition will stop DUIs is eerily similar to the mentality that banning assault weapons will stop mass shootings.

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Tedeaux

Apr-04-13 4:22 AM

I don't know how Jay thinks making alcohol illegal and marijuana legal is going to decrease prison population at all. If anything, it'll have the opposite effect by turning more.people into criminals.

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