I really enjoyed Barry Paschal's recent column in The News-Times. I saw the piles of logs on Furys Ferry Road and wondered what in the world was going on. I thought that maybe there was a run on oak flooring, or that International Paper had found that they had a misaligned GPS and cut the wrong seven oak trees.
While I don't wish job loss on anyone, I think that the person (nut), that gave permission for the trees to be cut down, should have a different job for a while - cleaning bathrooms at Patriots Park, or maybe the dog pens at Animal Control - to provide time for contemplation and reflection.
I heard with sadness and outrage about what befell the poor student from Harlem High School during the game with Butler. What I really found amazing was that the low-life pieces of pond-scum were band members of Butler. To give their band director credit, those fine examples of humanity were dismissed from the band immediately. Everyone who heard about this should be furious. It is time that we law-abiding citizens let it be known that tolerance of this kind of behavior is over. It's done.
Our law enforcement personnel should be told that it is now time to take back our streets, neighborhoods, and yes, even football games. Laws should be changed so these "juveniles" are not allowed to escape under the fence. There was a news story recently that said that 59 percent of juveniles being held in jails for life without parole were first-time offenders who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is also wrong, and should be fixed.
However, my hunch is, these "pillars of the Butler High School community" probably don't fit into first-time offender status.
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