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Letters to the Editor

March 21, 2009

Rumor proves false as 'Sarge' aids inmate basketball program



To the editor:

The word on the Roxbury Correctional Institution compound had been that recreation supervising Sgt. R.L. Mills was not inmate-friendly. However, his most recent actions belie this belief and showcase him as a champion of reform.

When lifer and longtime recreational organizer and aficionado Theodore Wiener approached Sgt. Mills with a revolutionary basketball league program - he actually listened.

Wiener, throughout his 29-plus years of incarceration, has faithfully served his community as an advocate for numerous recreational programs.

His latest venture was novel for RCI - inmate tier ball. Tier ball is where two tiers from a four-tier housing unit compete for bragging rights. This process becomes an organized round robin, where each night teams play and fans cheer.

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To the surprise of RCI's conservative administration, Sgt. Mills' risky decision to allow incarcerated American citizens to organize, referee and control their own behavior, has proven a win-win for the RCI community.

Residents avoid trouble so they can continue to play ball. Fan behavior is supportive of staff and peers. Everyone looks forward to a night of tier ball.

Thanks to Sgt. Mills' open- mindedness, Warden Nancy Rouse has agreed to the lifers' group legal seminar program to be held this May, where judges, attorneys and social activists will inform residents on the law and what good citizenship is all about.

We simply need to look at Sgt. R.L. Mills to see citizenship in action.

Larry BrattRCI No. 168-687




Let us spare others our harsh judgments



To the editor:

As spring approaches, America waits to collectively exhale. Although the need is great, the amount of compassion, giving and love exhibited this winter shows the goodness of citizens.

We all know this generosity will need to continue. Due to economic conditions, families are making difficult decisions to relocate hundreds of miles away from family and friends.

Almost without exception as we journey through life, we make mistakes in judgment.

As long as laws are not being broken, I do not feel it is our place to place our judgment on others.

Meredith FoucheSharpsburg

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