10 hours ago
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Judge and DA
Eight years of David Lupas as the Luzerne County District Attorney is enough. Now he wants to be a judge. This county has a habit of promoting DA's to the bench elevating Peter Paul Olszewski, Chet Muroski, Corey Stevens and Pat Toole to name a few.
For all his screw ups in the Hugo Selenski case, and there are many, for me it comes down to his first campaign for DA. He raised and spent the unheard of sum of $750,000 for a county office running on a platform of locking up all the drug dealers. That's worked out well. Today the United States locks up more people than any other country with about half of them in jail over drug offenses. The county prison is busting at the seams as are many of the state prisons and drugs are more available then ever.
The easy thing is to be a reactionary and play on the peoples fear of the "druggies" and call for more jail time for anyone involved while ignoring the individual circumstances. The hard thing is to be a real leader and ask why people take drugs in the first place. As much as I knock Commissioner Greg Skrepnak he is one of the few public officials that has recognized the need to reduce the demand for the poison and to treat people who've made bad decisions in their lives.