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Finding the news in your backyard

hphoto6 of Severn, Maryland is another great example of an iReporter finding extraordinary news in his community to share with the iReport.com community. Whether it’s a home damaged by severe weather , a truck crashing into a house or even an exploding boat , hphoto6 has consistently sent compelling images and amazing stories, all of them not too far from home. So, what’s the news from your backyard? Take out your camera and share it with us !

July 9, 2008
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Thanks for the nice comments, more stories coming,hphoto6

July 10, 2008
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This election shouldn't be about race, or what one presidential candidate can do for the black community or the white community, it should be about the issues facing our country today.


Jesse Jackson is a hypocrite, always has been.  Al Sharpton is an even bigger hypocrite; anyone claiming to be a reverend and then becomes "So devastated to learn that he is related to white people that he can't speak to anyone" is a liar and his actions totally contradict everything he claims to stand for!


I'm getting the impression that they don't want equality, they want supremacy over every other race in America, so the term civil rights is grossly misused.


In regard to the election, every African-American I have heard talk about Obama wants him in office because of what he can do for black people, not because of what he can do for America! 


Every terrorist organization in the world is loving this right now because it's causing so much divisiveness!  We're tearing ourselves apart from the inside, we are becoming weak as a nation, and this is exactly what the enemy looks for when it comes to defeating their adversaries. 


We are spending so much time on racial issues, it's dividing us as a nation, which will ultimately weaken us, and the enemy will come back and destroy our country.  Will Barack stand by America then, or the Muslim nation, which is who he said he'd stand by in one of his books?


What is more disheartening than anything is that people are talking about a man who promises change, but has never given specifics on what he plans to do!  It's like the blind leading the blind!


What's even worse is that he only has two years experience in politics and he even said HIMSELF not 18 months ago that he wasn't experienced enough to run for President.  He flip flops, he lies, and he's not good for this country.


Would you want a surgeon with only two years experience to operate on one of the most difficult operations ever?  NO!!  You would want someone who knows what they are doing!


A man with minimal experience, having a name that when I first heard it I thought he was from the Middle East (who some would associate with a terrorist organization) and has SWORN that if the political winds shift in an ugly direction, he would stand with the Muslims (Not Americans) shouldn't even be CONSIDERED for such an esteemed office!


The individual elected as President of the United States shouldn't be elected because one thinks it will benefit a specific race or community, he should be elected because he will benefit the country as a WHOLE, and I think we're losing sight of that. 


Jesse's comments were wrong, and it's amazing that he's been allowed to get off with a simple explanation (because he thought the mic was off) and not an apology!  Had the tables been turned and he were white, all H*** would break loose.


We've got to get back to focusing on this country as a whole, drop the racism issues, and grow up.


Remember that the man elected to office isn't supposed to be elected to benefit one race or one community, he is supposed to be elected to run the entire country!


Two years experience, promises to stand by Muslim tradition and not American values will be disastrous to our country.  I'm surprised (and disappointed) that he's even gotten this far. 


I guess if he were a white person and said the things that he has said, Hillary would be the Democatric candidate.

July 10, 2008
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Why are we spending so much time on the Jessie Jackson's story which has no direct impact on our daily lives yet nothing is being reported on Senator Mccain's economic advisor statement which directly affects those of us who are struggling financially and not to mention those 5000 that have been lost.  This is the individual advising Mccain on the economy.  this is outrageous!

July 25, 2008
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STOP THE “War on Drugs” IT’S STUPID     

     Tax payers are spending billions of dollars housing non-violent criminals for ridiculously long sentences and it has not proven to be successful in stopping the use or distribution of drugs. Clearly the drug laws are really stupid as long as smoking and alcohol are legal.  Ask yourself this question: “If I placed food on a stand in the middle of a neighborhood full of homeless or extremely poverty-stricken people and made it illegal to eat from, could I in good conscience consider condemning them as a common criminal if they were to eat from it?”  To the point!  Allowing drugs into this country to some of the poorest neighborhoods and saying you can’t deal them or use them is almost the same thing. WHY???? In a poor neighborhood people are hurting more than ever, good jobs are almost none existent, drug dealers are most times seen as role-models, and people do most of these drugs to help them make since of their pitiful lives. As a result the “War on Drugs” is rendered ineffective. The only real result from this “War” is the fact that the jails remain over populated with non-violent offenders from predominantly poor neighborhoods that were only trying to reach a weird shimmer of success that they were cultured into.

Like I alluded to earlier, many drug dealers in poor neighborhoods are idolized in a since and seen as some-what successful people in the eyes of people from these neighborhoods. What also kills me is when I see people act as if drug dealer’s aggressively court their customers, or court them at all. For the Record DON’T Believe the Smearing Propaganda the Government and Media have fed you… “DRUG DEALERS DON’T GO AFTER THEIR CUSTOMERS TO TRY TO GET THEM ADDICTED TO DRUGS”… Most of their customers if not all were doing drugs before the drug dealer started selling drugs to them. So all these commercials showing drug dealers standing outside of school trying to get kids addicted drugs are just “NOT TRUE”.  The people in our society that do drugs are simply the same people who have being doing them from generation to generation like Bill Clinton, George Bush, Al Gore, your parents, and many, many, many more. Weather it was the people who were doing opium in the 1800’s to the hippy’s of the 1970’s, and many others. People Will Do Drugs, either to escape their realities, or whatever reason they have. Rather over the counter prescription drugs, street drugs, alcohol, gas, Listerine, or who knows. It will continue to happen until we as a society learn how to fight the root of the problem which is the CONSUMER.

We need to be treating the addictive behavior to drugs in a much more aggressive way, giving more assistance, better remedies, and expanding our psychological treatment centers to stop people with psych issues from becoming drug users because of mental illness or whatever other reasons would be the first step. Second, reduce the time drug dealing offenders spend in jail to about 2 years and do not put the first drug offence on their record if they comply successfully with either a school or work program for a certain mandated time. Not doing so only creates more career dealers. Most drug dealers don’t sell drugs to be cool or bad. Most do it for the money where financial opportunities are either low or non-existent. If you have not ever lived in these neighborhoods you really have NO CLUE. People are so easy to pass judgment on others not like them but quickly overlook the sin of those conveniently that fit their ideal mold. Like Bill Clinton, George Bush, Al Gore, and ext. HINT, HINT. I personally know many good people behind bars on drug convictions with ridiculous sentences just because they were trying to feed their families. Don’t believe the movies and stereotypes of the evil drug dealers on the corners or kingpins with no regard to human life. It’s just NOT TRUE. Most of them are the exact opposite, just regular people trying to get ahead just like everyone else. I honestly feel that if we’re going to put people in jail for illegal drugs. We might as well put anyone who sells liquor, cigarettes, propane, or anything else that gets people high in jail as well, because they all cause societal problems.

People will always use drugs until treated correctly for using, and people will always sell drugs when someone is willing to buy. As one drug dealer is incarcerated another one will soon replace him. Just simple Supply and DEMAND… Statistical studies have shown the “War on Drugs” as a sham that has been in NO WAY successful. If anything, perpetuated the problem and drugs since the so called “War on Drugs” have began have become more accessible, and cheaper to get.

One more Point. It’s really strange how people in our country who have held the highest office in the land have experimented with illegal drugs at one point in their lives almost risking their chances of ever becoming president of the United States; but just didn’t get caught, Sits OK on the conscience of most Americans. Yet, if they had been accused of child molestation, murder, or rape and had gotten away with it, it would have by no means sat well on the conscience of most American and would have probably heavily prevented the possibility of them ever becoming president. But yet child molestation charges start at 2 yrs. and the typical drug charge can get one 15 yrs to life. WOW!!!

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