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Letters to the Editor

November 04, 1999

No justice in this case

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the article in The Morning Herald on Sept. 21, titled "Defendant charged in brawl enters Alford plea."

To say I am shocked is an understatement. I am not only appalled but completely disgusted at our judicial system. This particular man was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence and given five years probation for assault - all because of an effort to reimburse medical expenses to the man he assaulted.

What a joke. Does this mean if the defendant made no effort to reimburse the victim that he would now be in prison for 10 years? I doubt it. States Attorney Bill Hayden stated that alcohol seemed to be a problem in this man's life. This particular assault took place in the parking lot of a bar.

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His criminal background included a 1994 conviction on a charge of homicide by auto while intoxicated. Yet the defendant said he doesn't have a drinking problem and only drinks occasionally with his family.

He stated that he was with his mother and brother the night of the assault. Wow, what a family.

Not one I would want to encounter on any given evening. I guess my question is, "Judge Boone, when is this man actually going to spend time in prison for his crimes?" He did not even spend 18 months in prison for homicide by auto while intoxicated.

One man has died, one man has been assaulted. I am outraged and sickened by this whole incident. Liberty and justice for all? I do not think so.

Lori (Fleegle) Lynch

Hancock

Put the highway first

To the editor:

In an article, entitled, "Md. officials promote South Mountain Park," the statement was made, "When Schaefer was governor, Maryland became the first state to use federal transportation funds for battlefield preservation. Millions were used to purchase the development rights and protect 4,500 acres at South Mountain and Antietam."

I am a Civil War history buff and had recently been listening to a book-on-tape about the Battle of Antietam - which includes, of course, South Mountain - while I commute to and from my job in Virginia. It is quite dramatic to listen to the description of the terrain as I drive up South Mountain from the east.

My commute includes I-270 where I am joined by a steady stream of Frederick and West Virginia commuters from U.S. 340 and 15. For years, I've wondered when the third lane on I-270 in each direction would be added; it seems to be about 10 years overdue. Now, I am wondering what the Battle of South Mountain has to do with I-270 commuters not getting needed road improvements?

I also remember the nickel-a-gallon gas tax increase that President Bush proudly announced a decade ago as a necessary step to rebuilding our decaying highway infrastructure. Are historical parks the sort of thing that gas tax money is going to be used for in the future? (Already, it is being used for a bunch of gadgets for the State Highway Administration to play with.)

I'm all for preserving South Mountain battlefields, but let's get the third lanes on I-270 built first!

Donald F. Hoffman

Hagerstown

Jesse for prez

To the editor:

Right now Gov. Jesse Ventura is getting a lot of flack on the statement he made on organized religion, but the fact is, he's right!

Organized religion as it is called, is without a doubt full of corruption. So the people shouldn't be mad at Ventura for speaking the truth; they should be mad at the religious leaders for trying to cover it up.

In the past few years, how many times did you see in the papers or on TV how one or another religious leader has been arrested for things like, child molesting, stealing money from the church, being caught in hotels with prostitutes and other such crimes? Many of them were protected by the church and never went to prison, and still have churches today.

President Clinton gets on TV and lies through his teeth and is hailed as a hero. Ventura speaks from his heart and tells the truth and is told he has killed his political career. Where is the justice in that?

Have we become a nation that can't handle the truth? Ventura should be president of this country. Maybe honesty might catch on with some of the other politicians, and people could once again believe what they hear.

John Worsham

RCI

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