Some thoughts on Webster trial, protesters, appropriate sentence

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003

I admit I did not sit in on the trial of Jeff Webster, but I have followed it in the news. I do agree what he did was wrong and, in fact, childish but my comments on this topic are:

I sincerely hope Magistrate Landry will NOT hand down the maximum sentence of one and half years in jail and $14,000 in fines, I believe that is very excessive and would not accomplish anything. I would suggest something more in the way of a lesson; for example, have Jeff Webster read the Constitution and write an essay on why what he did was wrong, make a public apology to those involved and pay no more than a $1,000 fine, if any.

To Jeff Webster I would like to say: While I believe your actions were childish I am extremely proud of your son and all the other sons and daughters who have and are serving our country. I am thankful we have those who are willing to give of themselves to protect and serve.

To the anti-war demonstrators, I must say this: I was ashamed to see such a demonstration in my community, but I would, like Mr. Webster's son, defend to the death your right to have and peacefully demonstrate your beliefs even though I do NOT agree with them.

Becky Moore


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