Harpham Clears The Air
More proof that anyone who's anyone in Humboldt visits this blog:
Eureka's interim police chief, Murl Harpham, wrote a commentary published both in the Eureka Reporter and Times- Standard today. He's clearing up what he feels are a few misconceptions about some statements he's recently taken some heat for here.
Well, ok, not just here but in the local papers as well.
I see he echoes what I said about Prop. 36, the law that requires treatment programs for first and second time drug offenders: There's no teeth to the law, which can certainly be a problem.
Cap'n Murl then quotes Phil Crandall, director of Health and Human Services: “Adopting a zero tolerance approach for methamphetamine that combines vigorous prosecution with community and school education, as well as outreach and treatment for users, is the balanced approach Humboldt County should provide.”. The Cap'n agrees.
Whatever. That might well be true.
I don't know what the answer is to this drug and crime problem, but I'll stand by what I said before about those simply arrested for drug crimes: If they've harmed no one but themselves, they've committed no crime and should be left alone unless they need and want help.
I'm always skeptical about this Zero Tolerance and Let's get tough on... stuff we hear all the time. I keep thinking a lot of places are already doing that with mixed results. Maybe I'm wrong, though.
Looks like we may find out what Get Tough really means from our neighbors to the south in Mendocino County. Newly elected Sheriff, Tom Allman, says he wants to make methamphetamine the top enforcement target in his county, although he doesn't appear to have a plan of action yet.
No matter what means he uses to deal with the problem, I'm sure we'll all be watching to see what kind of results he gets.