Pardon me, Mr. President


Before leaving office, President Barack Obama pardoned 1,715 prison sentences, the most ever by any U.S. president. The last 330 were mostly for drug dealers. President Obama called them non-violent criminals.

During January, 46 people in Cuyahoga County died of heroin overdoses. The number of deaths in Trumbull County from heroin overdoses was approximately 80 in 2014; 90 in 2015; and about 100 in 2016. If the trend continues, 2017 will see more than 100 deaths. I wonder if the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, other family members and friends of all of these overdose victims would call drug dealers non violent criminals. Heroin use, like most everything else, is built on supply and demand. If the supply is cut off, the demand cannot be filled.

We pass laws for seat belt usage and insist children wear bike helmets, using the analogy “If it saves just one life, isn’t it worth it?”

Pardon me, Mr. President, but if keeping a heroin dealer in jail saves just one life, isn’t that worth it, also? He should be ashamed of himself for letting that garbage back on the streets and into our neighborhoods.


Newton Falls