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Texas Ranger Jim Holland led a raid in Decatur early Friday that resulted in the arrest of 271st District Court Reporter Jeff Goodwyn, 56, of Decatur on charges of illegal drug possession. There were no other arrests, but the investigation is continuing, Wise County Sheriff David Walker said. In addition to Holland and other DPS officers, agents from the U.S. Secret Service and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office have been involved in the investigation which has been ongoing for several weeks, Walker said.
OK, I’ve got to ask: If this investigation has been going on for “weeks” and still continues, what did we, the taxpayers, get out of it? While I agree that nobody is above the law, the reality is we, the taxpayers, again will foot the bill for all of this and much more to come – and for what? Where are the “victims and violence” in this crime? Guess who will pay for the court, jail and to lock this citizen up for untold years, as well as take care of his family’s needs? We, the taxpayers!
I-for-one would like to know how many of our tax dollars were and are being spent on this continuing investigation. Can anyone tell us? More than 400,000 rape cases cannot be completed because crime labs are “overwhelmed” with drug testing. Which is more important, catching a rapist or convicting a person who has no victims or violence in their crime? One has to ask, if these resources had been used against “real’ criminals and “real” crimes that do have victims and violence associated with them, would not our community be better served?
When will we as taxpayers demand an end to these “dog and pony” shows, while “real” crimes go unsolved and “real victims” go without justice? Can the Messenger tell us how many unsolved crimes that do have “victims and violence” are still on the books in Wise County?
I, as a taxpayer and citizen, believe it is way past time to stop funding and supporting the waste of our limited resources. We don’t even know what this has already or will cost us, do we?
Can anyone honestly answer this question:
If we have been on the right path with the longest war our country has ever been in (sadly, one against our own sons and daughters) for the last 40-plus years while spending over a trillion tax dollars and putting more people per capita behind bars than any other country on earth – would not logic, facts, reality and common sense dictate that if we are winning this “war” the need for more resources, funding, prisons, jails, probation, courts as well as the harm being done to our citizens, should all be going down – not up – year after year?
If logic, facts, reality and common sense cannot be used to support and justify this known failure called the “war on drugs” why should we be forced to sacrifice our resources and tax dollars and sadly, our nation’s sons and daughters, to it?
There has to be a better way. Help us find it.
speaker, LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)