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Candidate supports drug testing for all running

April 13, 2014

LISBON — A Salem man running for county commissioner believes candidates should be drug-tested, and he wants to start with himself, his immediate opponent and would-be opponent....

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RealDeal

Apr-13-14 7:14 AM

It isn't' bizarre. It's leadership. Politicians should be held to the same standard as their employees.

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poolboy34

Apr-13-14 5:07 PM

Bailey chuckles and Mike thinks this is bizarre. Drugs are a serious problem not only in this county but everywhere. Considering the drug activity found by our DTF and other local law enforcements, I feel this is not a bad idea...

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animalluvr77

Apr-14-14 12:43 AM

I'm pretty sure drugs are not exactly "weird" when put into the same sentence with politicians! There are many politicians that have been found to have been on drugs during their terms. I believe it's time we make them prove to us that they are do the job while also staying drug free.

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GrantMingus

Apr-14-14 9:07 AM

I would think he'd want to distance himself from anything that involves peeing...

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questioner

Apr-14-14 10:27 AM

:)

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KsBug79

Apr-14-14 11:32 AM

What a novel idea!! I like it!!

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tommy44432

Apr-14-14 6:21 PM

I firmly believe no one should be required to be tested for drugs in any situation. When you agree to testing you give up innocent until proven guilty. It's now guilty until proven innocent. Go ahead people...keep giving away your Constitutional rights. Big brother is loving it.

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GrantMingus

Apr-15-14 9:02 AM

Amen, tommy.

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poolboy34

Apr-15-14 10:42 PM

No one is saying a drug screen is "required" as part of running for commissioner. All he is saying is take the test, make the results known. Bailey and Mike can choose to ignore this request. But if one has not take any illegal drugs then why not take the test? They should have nothing to worry about

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GrantMingus

Apr-16-14 9:02 AM

I don't care to vote for the candidate who wants to force the other candidates to prove their innocence while implying their guilt. That's not how our country works.

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poolboy34

Apr-16-14 11:23 AM

Who's being forced? All I read is "should" and "lead by example"...the latter applies here...

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GrantMingus

Apr-16-14 1:28 PM

"In most jobs and many schools, drug testing is mandatory. It is time we held our public officials to this same standard," Nathan Walker said, in a news release issued last week.

He said it himself, he believes it should be mandatory...

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poolboy34

Apr-16-14 4:02 PM

Regardless of what this guy has said in the past, if all candidates have not used any illegal drugs, they should have no worries taking the test. I say take, reveal the results, and let the voters decide. Don't take it, fine, voters will still decide. But like I said, you have nothing to hide then why not?

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GrantMingus

Apr-17-14 9:11 AM

That's exactly my point poolboy, our system isn't based on "if you have nothing to hide". Innocent until PROVEN guilty, read it, learn it, understand it. Because you quite clearly don't.

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poolboy34

Apr-17-14 10:31 AM

Grant, there is no law that requires drug testing as a required part of hiring or continued employment. However, if I were an employer looking to hire someone to operate expensive equipment, or be responsible for an important part of my company, I would want to be sure as much as possible that hire or potential hire is as appropriate for that position as possible. On top of that, if I were paying all or part of the health premium, and we know their "habits" impact their health, I sure would want to know if this person is a good investment for my company. So if I was an employer, why would YOUR rights come before mine and others that depend on MY company?

Same applies for County Commissioner...

You look at it one-sided and cry foul...boo hoo

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poolboy34

Apr-17-14 10:33 AM

NS, I believe you are correct. I get the feeling that certain individuals feel they are above this...or afraid of it...

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questioner

Apr-17-14 1:03 PM

So if I was an employer, why would YOUR rights come before mine and others that depend on MY company?

Some very good points there poolboy.

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GrantMingus

Apr-17-14 2:42 PM

I don't support those drug tests either. I think they are a violation of a person's rights. It's forcing you to prove your innocence, that's wrong.

It's essentially the same as the NSA spying. They say if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. That's BS.

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GrantMingus

Apr-17-14 2:46 PM

But hey, if you want to live in a police state, then I understand why you would support these kinds of things. I believe in the freedom of the individual, and I don't compromise on that.

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GrantMingus

Apr-17-14 2:52 PM

I do own a business and I rent expensive equipment. It's almost always operated by someone who works for my customer. I've never once even questioned whether or not his employer drug tested him before handing over the controls. The reason I'm mentioning this is, you can come up with all of the "good points" that you can think of, that one applied directly to me and I still feel the way I feel. We just have a difference of opinion here, unlikely to see eye to eye. Just trying to save you some time lol

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poolboy34

Apr-17-14 4:21 PM

Nope we probably wont...I'm sure there are voters out there that disagree with me like you.

But I say to the commissioner and candidates, I sure there are many voters that do agree with me and, knowing the drug activity in this county, are very interested in what the candidates will do with this challenge. Will they lead or will they run?

Just one person's opinion...

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