In the wake of two high-profile prison suicides, one involving a death-row inmate, the current suicide-watch program and reporting requirements are now being scrutinized by the state. I’m left wondering why a suicide watch even exists within a prison.
Last time I checked, we didn’t go around throwing people in prison for the hell of it. If a sentence is handed down, it’s because the individual earned it.
They’ve disregarded morals, values and, in some way, they’ve infringed on the rights of others.
Why are we worried about protecting and maintaining the quality of life for an imprisoned individual? Why are the taxpayers being forced to foot the bill for someone who has absolutely no regard for the well-being of our society?
I’d love to accept the answer that we have a moral responsibility to lead by example and extend these virtues to even criminals, but then why do we have the death penalty?
I may be reading too far between the lines, but in the case of the death-row inmate, it seems as though we’re OK with killing someone as long it’s the decision of the state.
Heaven forbid the individual does it of his or her own accord. If that happens, someone has to be punished and rules need to be reviewed. I just don’t get it.
It makes no sense to me why people like Jerry Sandusky and Ariel Castro are afforded such rights and humane treatments. Clearly, they weren’t concerned about their victims’ well-being. So why are we concerned about theirs?
I’m hoping other readers will have a clue.
Cadre of obstructionists
“An insurrectionist, neo-confederate party.” That’s how Mike Lofgren, a longtime Republican staff member on the House and Senate budget committees, described the tea party wing of the Republican Party.
The former GOP staffer went on to observe that they are dedicated to all kinds of “apocalyptic outcomes” and that they are bent on “bringing down the government.”
Watching the debacle in Washington unfold, it’s hard to argue with his assessment. It looks as if the tea party has succeeded.
We can thank Republican gerrymandering for the presence of this nihilist cadre of obstructionists. By drawing congressional district lines that make it impossible to lose elections, these same districts become arenas in which the most extreme candidate wins.
Moderates are sent packing. In fact, moderates quake at the prospect of being challenged by some upstart right-wing nut case in a primary, and thus become part of the problem.
There’s something wrong with this picture, if it’s supposed to represent democracy. Until congressional and state legislative district lines are drawn to fairly represent political demographics, these “Cruz-control” Visigoths are going to make self-governance impossible.
For Portage Issue 3
I would like to urge all Portage County voters to approve Issue 3, a 1-mill renewal levy for the Mental Health & Recovery Board. This is not a tax increase.
This funding provides many services to county residents, including 24-hour crisis services, prevention education and treatment of substance and sexual abuse, and counseling and treatment for mental illness for all age groups.
The cost to owners of a home valued at $100,000 remains the same, about $2.50 per month. This levy was originally passed in 1983.
Children at work
The puerile posturing currently going on in our nation’s capital brings to mind that childhood war chant: “You do it my way, or I won’t play!”