420 Magazine Background

It's A Hellhole, All Right -- Don't Shoot The Messenger


The war on drugs is a failure, and it is a scourge on our society. Snappy little slogans like "Just say No!" really don't get the job done when kids in junior high school make $500 a week or more selling "dope" to their friends. Captain Murl Harpham of the Eureka Police Department was right when he said, "Eureka is becoming a hellhole," but there are those who wish to shoot the messenger.

Unfortunately, Eureka is just another small little town that has been compromised by the drugs, for there are thousands of little towns across this country that have the same problem, and we as a society continue to ignore the problem or lay the blame on other conditions.

Recently in the papers a mother blamed "The System" for the death of her son rather than face reality, but what can you expect? We even have "no fault insurance."

We go to our doctor with a life-threatening illness and we expect our doctor and the medical staff to do everything in their power to combat this illness, and we wouldn't settle for anything less. Yet day after day we continue to "kid glove" this problem rather than take the necessary measures to prevent our society from destroying it's greatest asset, its youth.

In 1949, when Mao Tse-Tung took over control of Red China, he was faced with a huge problem, for a significant portion of the population were addicted to opium and this was destroying the country from within. Mao ordered that all opium dens be closed and anyone using opium be put to death. Four years and 44 million people later, Mao didn't have an opium problem in his country or any other drug-related problem in his country. Today, China still doesn't have significant drug problem, for those who are caught with drugs are put to death immediately.

Singapore is a nation on the Malay Peninsula and is probably the cleanest country, and its capitol Singapore is probably the cleanest city in Asia if not in the world. This is due in a large part to the government taking on those problems which plague society with regards to civic matters and social matters.

About 10 years ago there was an American businessman who was in Singapore accompanied by his son, who was there for summer vacation. One evening this 16-year-old decided to go out and spray tag several of the cars in the area, and he was caught by the authorities.

This would be considered a misdemeanor in our legal system and it was also considered a misdemeanor in the Singapore legal system, but the punishment was completely different from our western standards. This young man was taken to a public place and tied to a post and striped to his waist. He was then beaten 15 times across his back with a bamboo cane and then released to his father. Within 24 hours this young man was back on a plane to Santa Barbara and his mummy, for summer vacation in Singapore wasn't fun anymore.

If you are caught in Singapore with drugs, you are immediately put in prison for a term of five years, and in that five years you undergo a rehabilitation program that will allow you to compete on a skill level with the rest of society. In short, you are re-educated and given a skill to compete in the 21st century so when you are released out into the population again you have a job and a skill.

If you are caught again, you are sentenced to five years of "hard labor" and then again released out into the population. If you are caught again with drugs, you are given 48 hours to notify your family as to where your remains should be sent. After 48 hours, you are taken out into the prison yard and shot dead.

Since the 1960s with the death of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, there has been a total breakdown of discipline within this country with regards to our society. We have in some respects adopted the attitude of passive behavior in the face of harmful behavior.

This happened once before in our society in 1939 and led to a world war, for we as a society did not want to stand up to a bully ( Adolph Hitler ) in Europe.

If we as a nation and a society do not address this issue in a more forceful way, we will eventually sow the seeds of our own destruction. If we continue to put people into prison without a comprehensive program of rehabilitation and without dire consequences if that rehabilitation is violated, then we as a society have cheated our youth of a chance to achieve greatness.

Common sense dictates that we do the "right thing," and sometimes doing the "right thing" can be painful, and shooting the messenger doesn't help.

Source: Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)
Copyright: 2007 MediaNews Group, Inc.
Contact: editor@times-standard.com
Website: Eureka Times-Standard: Breaking News, Sports, Business, Entertainment & Eureka News


New Member
damn, singapore is serious

i remember stories that my aunt used to tell me when i was a kid about singapore being such a clean country... i'd love to visit there and smell their air compared to here in jersey.. haha


New Member
yea teaching skills in jail is a good thing, but other than that this article is crap. We always preach about whats good for our kids and caring about our youth. Maybe the problem is the lack of faith we put in our youth to make their own decisions. Notice I didn't say make the "right" decisions. If theres an open flame most youth wont stick their fingers in, but if you tell them "dont stick your finger in that flame...it will hurt you and be bad" (we are talking about kids over the age of 8) most kids will stick their finger into the flame, all be it if its only for a brief second. All this whole 'protect our youth' crap is detrimental, because it creates an atmosphere of disrespect. Its a blatant display of disrespect to the 'youth'...they think "no shit you idiot" which is only fairly returned by the youth disrespecting their elders and society.
Top Bottom