Make punishment fit the crime
Accountability, yes, but fairness as well | Editorial, May 13
Yes, Cameron Herrin definitely needs to be held responsible and pay a price for racing over 100 mph on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard and killing a mother and her toddler. But adding another tragic loss is not the answer. Our current system does little to teach necessary life lessons, that young men like Herrin obviously lack, and does nothing to help victims, past or future. Herrin’s punishment should not only fit the crime, but serve some purpose. He should lose his driving privilege for 24 years. He should be required to spend community service time helping rehabilitate car accident victims, or assist with grief counseling work. A portion of his wages for the next 24 years should be garnished and sent to help families that have suffered similar losses. A young life wasted in prison for 24 years accomplishes none of these things and does nothing to bring back the unimaginable loss suffered. But using those 24 years more productively would hold Herrin accountable, provide some form of reparation, and potentially help victims of similar tragedies.
Vivienne Handy, Wimauma
They were murdered by white supremacy | Column, May 17
A thought for my fellow Republicans: Diversity is what makes America great.
Terry R. Arnold, Treasure Island
Just watch the news
The mass shooting in Buffalo reflects deeply rooted American ideas | Column, May 17
Any American denying long-term discrimination in America need look no further than the daily news.
Bruce LeBaron, St. Petersburg
Lesson for Biden, Trump from Lincoln and Douglas debates | Column, May 16
Columnist Peggy Noonan asks the readers to “imagine an anti-Trump person speaking with eloquence and reason.” Rep. Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican, has been doing that for months.
Patricia Cahill, Madeira Beach