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More prison time for murderer Kyle Moran makes no sense | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Kyle Moran poses for a portrait in Tampa on Thursday.  He was sentenced to life in prison at 16 after shooting a man during an attempted armed robbery. In 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional for juveniles to face life sentences so Moran was released after serving 24 years in prison, but the state recently appealed his re-sentencing was unconstitutional and now he has been ordered to return to prison.
Kyle Moran poses for a portrait in Tampa on Thursday. He was sentenced to life in prison at 16 after shooting a man during an attempted armed robbery. In 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional for juveniles to face life sentences so Moran was released after serving 24 years in prison, but the state recently appealed his re-sentencing was unconstitutional and now he has been ordered to return to prison. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Feb. 24
Updated Feb. 24

What’s the point of more prison time?

Kyle Moran ordered back to prison | Feb. 23

The article about Kyle Moran demonstrates the disconnect between reason and revenge. A lack of flexibility in judicial sentencing creates a system inherently focused on punishment and not rehabilitation. Moran did a terrible thing and the victim’s family has a right to expect and receive justice, but when does justice stop and unreasonable revenge begin?

An adolescent with a lack of internal psychological strength because of age and neglect is not a throwaway human being. I think everyone can agree he needed to be incarcerated for the murder he committed, but how does 40 years make any more sense than 25 years when the juvenile has shown he can be a responsible man? If you can’t accept that from a humanitarian standpoint, please explain how the economics of 15 more years of incarceration for a person who is working and contributing makes any sense? Judgment was decided for 16-year-old Moran and now the judicial system will be judged on its reason and purpose in Moran’s sentence.

Penny Winkle, St. Petersburg

Petulance isn’t leadership

Gov. DeSantis, lose the ‘tude | Editorial, Feb. 19

Anyone who threatens to take away the coronavirus vaccine from any of our residents just because they are questioned about a distribution plan should not be in charge of the distribution. Snotty petulance has no place in leadership.

Robert Hardman, Tampa

Focus on solutions

Gov. DeSantis, lose the ‘tude | Editorial, Feb. 19

There is the game of “life” and there is life. In the game of life, we can trade one Andrew Cuomo witch hunt for one of Donald Trump’s. We can exchange a Ted Cruz trip to Cancun for a Gavin Newsom trip to The French Laundry. We can swap our governor’s bad attitude for this newspaper’s bad attitude towards him. There are many cards to play in the game. But let’s remember that it is just a game. In life, telling truth to power ought to entail an emphasis on public serving solutions. Excusing or excoriating politicians is a game, not life.

Pat Byrne, Largo

A ‘boondoggle’ of a law

Florida Republicans push limits on vote by mail | Feb. 16

I’ve voted by mail in Hillsborough County for 12 years or more. I was a Republican for 26 years, before I became an independent. Florida Sen. Dennis Baxley’s bill (SB 90), as l understand it, would wipe out voters’ mail record registration after each election cycle.

Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer suggested the financial cost would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to each county in Florida. What a boondoggle.

Every supervisor of elections is against this. They would have to notify all mail-in voters that we are no longer registered. Every one of us would have to re-register every year for mail-in voting. I’m a disabled veteran. Is this thanks for our service?

Here is Sen. Baxley’s proud quote: ” Why not try this? It might invigorate participation.”

Sen. Baxley is lying through his smiling teeth. These shenanigans are part of a bogus bill submitted by a politician trying to bamboozle state voters. Florida, this smells of dishonesty, a stench of carelessness with forethought and malice to waste taxpayer money.

Bradley Ware, Tampa