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KUDOS TO OFFICERS
With all that is going on in this world, I felt moved to personally acknowledge the officer in this picture, along with a fellow officer who came to All In One Laundry Center & Services for a disturbance. This picture demonstrates the sincere humanity of this officer for taking time to address the matter at hand and going above the call of duty to entertain this lovely young lady for a moment in time.
As the business owner, I encourage all to come by and visit as we welcome and promote kindness at All In One Laundry Center & Services. Pamela Frazier Springfield
SAVE THE TREES
It's a real shame Oak Ridge Cemetery recently cut down so many beautiful, healthy trees in the tomb area, apparently to sell vanity plots ("Oct. 16 Oak Ridge Cemetery tour features historic and rare trees," Oct. 14). They also killed off the amazing tree by the entrance near the war memorials. Seems no one knew tree care 101 and built up a big pile of mulch along the trunk and rotted it away.
Scott Reeder's opinion piece talks about victims' families equating the value of their loved one's life to the severity of the punishment the killer receives ("Parole offers hope for offenders, while victims relive trauma," Oct. 14). Well, it is far more than that. It is having to watch a person who willingly committed murder eventually walk free while your loved one is in their grave. No chances were given to the victim. The victim received a life sentence the day that criminal took their life away.
Now maybe there are loved ones who can forgive, and that is wonderful. But there are some who can't, and they shouldn't have to. They move on with life without their loved one. Every anniversary, birthday or special occasion is a crushing reminder that their loved one is in their grave at the hands of someone who knew right from wrong.
I had a close friend lose her sister to a heinous murder that shook this nation to its core in 1969. Those that committed the murders and the one that masterminded it thought nothing of what they did to seven people, slaughtering them, then laughing at their trials and for years after, showing no remorse. It was only after years in prison they decided to say they turned their lives around, except the mastermind.
I had to watch what it put that family through: How the mother, father and my friend grieved heavily to the day they died. They attended parole hearings to keep these people in prison, which caused them to relive that crime over and over. And now the other sister lives on, desperately trying to keep these animals in prison. They initially received the death penalty, but it was converted to life with the possibility of parole when California overturned the death penalty. Why they were given a chance at parole is beyond me. They initially were to receive death.
If a person is wrongfully convicted or commits a murder in passion there should be mitigating circumstances, but not for those who cold-heartedly take a life and leave the loved ones to grieve forever. So I do not think reconsidering the life without parole sentence is right.
This is wonderful ("Hindu Temple to open Oct. 13-17," Oct. 14). Congratulations to the community for their hard work and dedication bringing them this far.
Jen D. Rock