City reps jump ship: 'Threat' letters seem to have worked

Full story: El Paso Times 7
In one of its more interesting recent meetings, City Council on Tuesday upheld Mayor John Cook's veto of a resolution that would have, among other things, called for a debate on the legalization of drugs. Full Story

Morgantown, WV

#1 Jan 15, 2009
This was actually the perfect end to this situation. Even if the council had voted to override the veto, nothing would have actually happened. No one would have discussed legalization as the resolution asks. But, by threating to cut funding and scaring the council into upholding the veto, the public once again sees the ridiculous tactics employed by the prohibitionists to continue their pointless war on drugs. Everyone must tow the party line when it comes to the war on drugs, we can have no dissent, no discussion, no opposition. Even in the United States of America, we can have no policy discussion on the war on drugs, it is off limits, even discussing the war and its failings and possible alternatives is treason subjecting one to endless public ridicule. We must all band together and chant drugs are bad, drugs are bad, drugs are bad, repeat, don't think, drugs are bad, etc.

El Paso, TX

#2 Jan 15, 2009
Whew, well the status quo is saved again. Thanks to the veiled threats of our own representatives. Who is it they are representing again? Is it the people of El Paso? Because it sounds like they might just be more loyal to their party, or their government.
Yes discussion of a change in policies is a dangerous thing! Fear will out, until the people get tired of fear!
Comedy Central

El Paso, TX

#3 Jan 15, 2009
You are kidding right? You agree with the four in turning down the legalization of heroin and cocaine but are unhappy they did it. hmmm.
Why are you unhappy the four reps worth their salt supported the sane position on this issue?

Concord, CA

#4 Jan 15, 2009
“Why did those particular reps not stick with their principles?”…. Those reps stuck to behavior similar to most politicians which includes responding to funding threats. They didn’t hide why they changed their vote.

I agree with #1 by John that this is a good end. A lot of truth came out about the drug war causing more harm that the drugs themselves. A lot more people of El Paso would be willing to discuss alternatives to the drug war than a couple of weeks ago.

El Paso, TX

#5 Jan 15, 2009
I am extremely disappointed in the behavior of the four City Council represenntatives who abandoned their principles in the face of intimidation. Their names, along with that of Sylvestre Reyes and all five State Representatives, join Mayor John Cook on the list of politicians I can no longer support under any circumstance. In light of the well-documented corruption in connection with the "War on Drugs," I can only wonder if those who support the "war" are doing so only to protect their access to "mordita."
west sider

El Paso, TX

#6 Jan 15, 2009
Reyes and the four state reps besides Shapliegh should be ashamed of themselves.

They go off to Washington and Austin and how soon they forget what they learned from living in El Paso, instead using empty threats to stop us from embarrassing them.


#7 Jan 16, 2009
Its too bad these city reps back-peddled on the drug issue...........there thinking was voters are going to appreciate their switch because of funding threats; however now we are aware of their spineless principles. Remember who they are on election day.

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