Kathie Johnson: Reader alleges abuse of power


To the editor:

I am writing this letter because as a taxpayer I'd like to know why so many people in the judicial system use their power in an abusive way. At what point are they held responsible for their actions?

Why would someone prosecute a 12-year-old boy for something that should have been taken care of by the school and the two parents?

How many times were we in school yard scrapes? And not once do I remember anyone being prosecuted in the judicial system. I don't believe that fighting is right, but this was certainly not harsh enough to try to put a 12-year-old in the judicial system.

It isn't just this that bothers me but I also have dealt with people in the parole system who use their power to hurt people just because they can. When someone breaks the law they have to pay the penalty. But after they've done their time and are trying to do better, shouldn't they be treated with some decency and not deliberately put back into the system. Aren't our jails and prisons crowded enough? Our system here such as CAPS and the parole system go out of their way to keep people in the system. Again, at what point should someone in power be allowed to use that power to hurt others?

According to the news media, several board members are doing the same. No government meeting is closed to the public especially if our tax dollars are involved in the funding. So why was someone in the library board being attacked for wanting people to attend the meeting? What is being done that shouldn't be done, and again where do people think they can do whatever they want?

Maybe its time we start standing up to people in power so that they can't destroy others before its too late. I'd like to see more letters from people if you agree and let those in power know they are being watched and questioned.

Kathie Johnson


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