Prison sentences show no logic
Re April 5 article, "S.C. justices rule robbing own home illegal"
This article stated that an individual received life without parole for breaking into his own home and holding his mother hostage with a knife. Granted, I do not know all the circumstances of this crime, and I do not know the past history of this sentenced individual; however, what continues to irk me is that someone can get a sentence of life for stealing or for a crime such as this and someone else can be sentenced to a mere number of years for crimes as serious as murder or rape.
Sometimes I feel that our justice system is out of sync with reality and common sense. Another thing, I don't care the circumstances, a 14-year-old does not think as an adult and therefore should not be judged as an adult. If our courts need tougher long term monitoring guidelines for youthful offenders, enact them.
I think it is time we treat young people as young people and not keep trying to put square pegs into round holes.
Don't expand concealed carry
Re the proposal for widening the concealed carry law
Does the term "drunk and belligerent" ring a bell?
Cops are very familiar with it, and allowing guns at places where alcohol is consumed produces a "locked and loaded belligerent drunk."
I say let the new law read that in places where alcohol is served, only the waiters, cooks, bartenders or the cashier can carry a weapon.
Or maybe you could check your weapons with the bartenders like in the old cowboy movies. I recall a few of those movies where the bartender popped a cap on those rowdy cowpokes.
In houses of worship, only the preacher, choir and organist should be able to carry weapons.
In hospitals, only the doctors or nurses should be able to carry weapons.
You can see that based on a law like this, we would all be safe.
How about not being able to carry a pistol while driving a car unless you can blow at least a .07 on a Breathalyzer test?
Carolina Shores, N.C.
Look at who's paying for protests
Re April 1 letter by James F. Gunn, "Corporations not to blame for slump"
Gunn describes the protest in Wisconsin with a blind eye to the truth. The tea party would like you to believe they are all just "plain folk" with nothing but love of country, but where does their financing come from? Must be church bake sales and neighborhood car washes and such. Well not exactly!
How bout FreedomWorks and Dick Armey or the Ensuring Liberty group? Gunn describes the protests in Wisconsin as anarchy, breaking of windows, breaking down doors, pushing police around to intimidate others and paid union demonstrators brought in.
Really? The demonstrators were likely paid. Not a single news outlet reported any violence. Oh, except for one. Gunn must be referencing the phony film clip shown by Bill O'Reilly on Fox and repeated by others on that network.
Well, I should finish my taxes, but I think I won't pay them this year. I will be like the corporations Gunn defends. I guess just because you think the tax rate is too high, you shouldn't have to pay at all. Just open a bogus office overseas, call it your new headquarters, and hide your money in foreign banks. Brilliant!
North Myrtle Beach