Teen needs help,
The Sun News printed a letter from Dick Steele two weeks ago (March 26, "Teen shouldn't be tried as an adult") regarding Christian Helms, a 15-year-old, who was involved in a shooting at Socastee High School. I agree with him completely with regard to trying this young man as an adult.
Christian Helms was 14 years old when he committed this crime.
In no way do I condone what this young man did, but to try this teenager as an adult is completely ludicrous. There is no question that he needs mental counseling, but, surely there is a place in South Carolina where this young man can be rehabilitated and returned to society.
Trying him as an adult will probably mean that he will go to prison, and what will this accomplish except to turn him into a hardened convict? It is my great hope that the individuals responsible for this decision will reconsider and try this young man as a juvenile which, in my opinion, is how it should be handled.
Sheila C. Cunningham
Task force needed on long-term care
As a legislative volunteer with AARP-SC I want to thank you for supporting our efforts to create a state task force on long-term care so the current system can be examined and a report written that will, hopefully, back our position on home and community-based health programs.
No one knows what the future holds, but I do know what I want: to stay at home. I'm so sure most people are like me and want to stay in their own homes where everything is familiar and they have their family and friends, not go to a nursing home with strangers. Our legislators need to remember who most of their votes come from and stop listening to the S.C. Health Care Association. The association's interest is not for the seniors or people who need just a little assistance; their interest is for the nursing home and their pockets.
Their interest is not even for the state when they want them to spend more money then necessary. By keeping people in their homes the state would save $95 per person. That is a huge savings. Why can't our legislators see that?
I want to thank you again and ask that you continue to support AARP-SC in our effort to get the task force created.
Jacqueline L. Blakey
Smoking ban in cars goes too far
I'm afraid that the proposal to ban smoking in cars occupied by children represents an unwarranted intrusion into the privacy and autonomy of parenthood. The autonomy to make one's own decision about risks to subject a child to is not to be interfered with lightly. It should only be done in cases where there is a substantial threat of severe harm to the child. Interfering with parental autonomy in a case where there is only minor risk involved is unwarranted.
Thunder Bay, Ontario