Letters to the Editor

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2002

Inmate should stop complaining; he chose path that landed him in jail

I am writing in response to James Wright's letter to the editor on Wednesday. Am I the only person who read that article and said "Who cares!"?

He begins his article complaining he hasn't seen his son in 4 1/2 years, as he resides in Wildwood Pretrial here in Kenai, and his son is

in Fairbanks. He goes on about how he is "herded around like nothing more than cattle" and that the state shouldn't ship the inmates around, far from their said homes.

Mr. Wright, you are incarcerated, in jail, period! You found it necessary to live a life of crime, that ended up getting you nailed, and you are complaining about how the system treats you? Look at that tiny cell around you, and remind yourself how you got there in the first place.

The state did nothing to entice you to get incarcerated, you chose the wrong path in life obviously. Now you are complaining. You should have thought of that before you decided to do something illegal! Maybe there was a reason they moved you from Fairbanks -- lack of room, overcrowding etc. They didn't single you out and "ship you out." There obviously were reasons.

You see, those that live a life of crime, are risking everything -- your freedom, your reputation, your children living without you, the list goes on. Still, you chose the wrong path. So deal with it!

When you are out of jail and become a thriving, contributing citizen and can live a crime-free life, then do something about it! Write your legislators, but offer some resolution, rather than just chewing their ear with your jangling. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime!

Kara Steele, Kenai

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