Call and response
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012
* A rally yesterday to protest Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close some Downstate prison facilities provoked some pretty harsh legislative responses. Democratic Sen. Gary Forby…
Um. Wow. Forby wants Tamms prisoners released into the streets of Chicago? Seems kinda harsh. Then again, Forby has yet another expensive reelection race coming up, and Quinn ain’t all that popular down yonder, so I see what he’s doing here. Just playing to the home folks. But, man, that’s a bit much.
Well, you do have the power, Representative. Recall is quite difficult to do, but the General Assembly has the power to get it moving. Perhaps instead of throwing documents into the air, you might want to read the Constitution.
* Meanwhile, here’s former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, who has worked hard against medical marijuana legislation, on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to issue tickets for minor pot possession…
No, Mr. Cline, I don’t want kids smoking marijuana before school. I don’t want them drinking whiskey before school, either, but whiskey is a legal product and incredibly dangerous. Frankly, I’d rather that kids not eat sugar-filled Twinkies before school, but children can legally buy those edible atrocities over the counter.
But what I really don’t want, Mr. Cline, is people being arrested and sent to jail because they smoked a joint. Let’s be honest here. You want to lock people in steel cages for putting a substance that you disapprove of into their own bodies.
And this debate shouldn’t be about children anyway. Kids should not smoke pot. Stipulated. Adults probably shouldn’t smoke it, either. Agreed. But putting people in prison is simply not the answer. It’s a horrifically failed policy and it must end.