Society can’t function without proper respect for the law
Re the Oct. 12 article [“Middle school issues grow”] about the unruly group of students and parents who got involved with fighting during and after school: I read this article with little shock. Sad, but it is believable.
The problem with our society is that because people are living in unfortunate circumstances or feel persecuted because of race, color or any other social stigmas, they feel exempt or think the rules of conduct do not apply to them.
It starts at home, and youths see their parents acting out against authority or walking in the road, blocking vehicles as some sort of social defiance because maybe they do not own a vehicle. This learned behavior is generational and has been perpetuated through the years; it tarnishes the good-faith efforts of the folks who rioted during the civil rights movement and paved the way for equal rights.
The adults of these children are to blame, and the only way to fix the problem is for our legal system to stop being so lenient when the public commits crimes. I encourage anyone who doubts this to go to court and observe the behavior of people in a court of law. The bailiff tries to maintain decorum in the court but it is painfully obvious that cannot be done.
The judges and public defenders are too willing to let a criminal off with a slap on the wrist. The police officers try their best to enforce laws and protect the public, but it is a losing battle. The court needs to set the standard for conduct and our prisons need to be a place where no one wants to be.
I say make it mandatory to do hard labor from Day One, regardless if you get one day or 10 years. Put the criminals to work on road details and other work. Our tax dollars are paying for it, so why not make it a place that they do not want to be? Stop coddling criminals; treat them as such and maybe they will learn to respect our laws. And maybe when they learn to respect our laws, they can learn to respect their neighbor.
But no politician would endorse such a crazy idea as accountability for one’s actions. So we get what we vote for and suffer the consequences. Both parties are just as guilty.
Motorists must be mindful of crosswalks
I read with great sadness about the woman who was killed on Nott Street near the Co-op market [Oct. 8 Gazette]. My heart goes out to the victim’s family and friends.
I have been shopping at Co-op for many years. Most times I park in the lot across the street. As I have approached the intersection to cross the street, a couple of times a vehicle has sped past me and did not stop.
Recently, I drove that way and an SUV barreled past the intersection as a young woman was about to cross. I heard her say, “stop! stop! stop!” but it didn’t do any good.
I believe the Co-op market has done what it could there. It is up to the drivers to slow down and stop. I have given this a lot of thought, but cannot come up with a solution. A member of my family thought that maybe a crossing guard would help. But if the drivers don’t slow down, it wouldn’t be safe for the guard.
So, drivers, please, please, please, slow down and stop. None of us want another tragedy to occur.
Barbara A. Saglimbeni
Stop glorifying the life of a racehorse
Re Bill Cain’s Oct. 5 article, “Shanghai Bobby went out on top”: On behalf of Shanghai Bobby, I believe it is time to stop spinning dreadful thoroughbred racehorse stories in a positive manner.
Shanghai Bobby’s career is the norm, rather than the exception. He was exploited for human greed. Ask yourself, what was ever in it for Shanghai Bobby, or any other racehorse for that matter? He suffered a pelvic fracture, and then a suspensory injury. Surprise? It shouldn’t be.
Most horses who break down or suffer career-ending injuries have pre-existing injuries that predispose them to additional career- and, more importantly, life-threatening injuries. In fact, [Starlight Racing co-manager] Don Lucarelli was quoted as saying, “But he probably would have had only one or two races and then would have been going to the breeding shed anyway.”
A pelvic injury could be the end of a performance horse’s career, i.e., hunting, jumping, dressage. We are supposed to feel good that a 3-year-old is going to the breeding shed? He is just a colt, a baby who will have to be trained how to breed!
Statements such as, “get the job done in the breeding shed; he deserves an opportunity now to produce some offspring that can hopefully display the talent and determination as a racehorse.” For whom? He really doesn’t care about what he produces — his owners and breeders are the beneficiaries of his efforts, both on the track and now in the “breeding shed.”
This horse can live to be in his 20s — this is how he is rewarded? Take all the nature out of the horse, make him compete before his body is even developed and then introduce him to breeding so people can continue to make money from him?
We should all ponder Lucarelli’s final statements in the article: “The fact of the matter is he went out as a winner, and that’s a good thing.”
It’s good for the people who made money from him and will continue to do so as he enters stud — the horse now stands for 20-some years' breeding as long as his offspring are successful. What happens if they aren’t? Many find themselves in kill pens. This may not be in this horse’s future; however, this is the reality for many unsuccessful stallions, as well as brood mares.
We need to stop glorifying the industry and tell the whole truth — these horses are merely money-making machines until they break down. After that, they find themselves in precarious situations or, on a positive note, rescued by wonderful people who never receive one penny from the horses' racing purses or breeding fees.
Don’t believe hype over casino gambling’s payoff
Our governor says he wants to create more jobs for our citizens, so he wants up to seven casinos to be built not only to put people to work, but to reduce property taxes and provide more funding to schools. You know, it is always for the kids.
I hope there are voters who remember the big push for the state lottery. We were promised school tax relief because of the expected increased revenue to the state from ticket sales. How many of you have seen a decrease in your school taxes since the inception of the state lottery? Do you believe the same rational for even more gambling?
Let’s ask the politicians and the public sector to find waste, fraud and abuse in the current expenditures of our tax dollars, not ask for even more tax revenue to carelessly throw around.
The more money government gets, the more is spent and the more ways are sought to increase the take from your hard-earned dollar.
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