Don’t do the crime
Alisha Enns’ letter published on March 3 is worthy of serious consideration.
Yes, jails/prisons are crowded, but California and San Luis Obispo County are also strapped for cash to pay for education and necessary services. Further, there are still many unknowns about who is to pay for costs of operation, transfer and care of inmates transferred from state prisons to county facilities, as well as future additions that are planned.
Everyone says we need to stop the revolving door — and I agree — but stopping the initial incarceration should be the objective. The criminals should be treated humanely but not coddled as is being done, especially in state prisons.
Every incarcerated person should come out with a very clear objective in his or her head: “I was caught once and will be caught again if I commit a crime. I do not want to come here again.”
The Tribune article on jail discussions (“No room at the jail,” Feb. 20) mentioned an inmate that was “frustrated” with her confinement conditions. She well should be! The answer is: Don’t commit the crime.
March madness is coming again. In late March, the largest slaughter of marine mammals on Earth will begin. By the end of the “hunt,” more than 300,000 seals may have been killed, including babies as young as 12 days old. Many will have been skinned while still alive.
Last month, the European Union banned the import of seal products from Canada and other sealing nations due to public pressure to stop the hunt. The prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, expressed outrage at this impediment to commerce. His administration is challenging the ban before the World Trade Organization, calling it an unfair trade restriction.
Since Harper’s moral compass is broken, you may help end the barbarism by boycotting Canadian seafood, a strategy supported by the Humane Society of the United States, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and other organizations. For more information, visit www.protectseals.org. “Don’t Buy while Seals Die.”
During the winter months, the Friends of the Shell Beach Library sponsors a reading program in which adults are required to read eight books in assigned genres. Some of these genres can be a real challenge as we urge our readers to try new things.
This past winter, our theme was “Pop Open a Good Book,” and 12 adult readers survived the challenge. They received a variety of prizes and coupons from the Friends as well as local merchants including Alex’s BBQ, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, the Shell Beach Deli, Trader Joe’s and Zorro’s Cantina.
Many thanks to them for supporting their local library and its programs.
Amidst the chaotic conditions of a 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami, the Japanese people have demonstrated a remarkable resiliency.
Residents are patiently waiting in line for gas, food and emergency supplies. Conspicuously absent is any looting or rioting. Their response to a national crisis is truly inspiring and worthy of emulation.