Your newspaper reports of daily arrests refute the information provided the Wood County Commission on Oct. 21, 2012, for the newspaper reports thousands of arrests on a yearly basis, whereas the law enforcement officers reporting to the commissioners stated arrests are decreasing.
Commissioners in Wood and Washington counties must rein in the "blue flame" officers who, with a display of a little kindness, could nip in the bud many, many frivolous arrests. Yes, kindly officers with a "soft voice may turn away wrath," as the Bible states.
In 1948, I was one of a dozen Fort Monmouth, N.J., soldiers arrested by a gung-ho officer who had us hauled into a New York City area police station. We had broken a city code infraction. At the station was a convivial, mature Irish police captain, a prototype of the Irish beat cop often featured in Hollywood's "Bowery Boys," who with a twinkle in his eyes, set us free. The captain knew the ramifications that would ensue if the arrest of 12 soldiers were effected.
Many of the area arrests are selective, involving the addicted, whereas a recent NBC report indicate a high percentage of every high school student body knows strong drug activity in their respective schools.
There must be some "Irish cops" syndrome in the area law enforcement commander, for they seldom cause arrests in schools, colleges, lodges, bars and restaurants; the arrests are in "high crime" areas. Just think of the ramification if arrests were made large-scale in a weekend party held at a high school or a college after a ball game.
The federal drug laws are bankrupting state criminal justice systems, causing a number of states to place on the ballot a possible easement of the federal strictures upon drugs.
Some "Irish cop," as it were, in Washington, must come to his senses regarding federal drug laws, even consideration of legalization. At the present time, law enforcement and courts are only holding back the flood with a finger in the dike.