What about the woman?
Re “What we should talk about now in the Brock Turner case” (Insight, June 16): I have never been so angry over a column as I was after reading this one by Shawn Hubler. Everyone is talking about poor Brock Turner. How he will suffer if he is sent to prison. How it will damage his life. I have seen very little about the young woman who was raped. Unlike poor Brock, she will bear these scars for the rest of her life. While at some point she will move on, she will forever be changed by this experience.
At some point, Turner’s name will disappear from the papers, and after a little longer no one will remember his name or why it sounds familiar. He will be able to move on and get on with his life.
We as women need to stand up and say enough!
Pamela K Schulz,
Turner’s sentence misguided
The dangers posed by federal, state and local correctional facilities are undeniable, but they are no excuse for the minimal sentence that Brock Turner received.
If inmates convicted of sexual assault are more likely to face sexual assault in prison, where is the concern for all others convicted of the same crime? This seems to be yet another instance of a two-tiered justice system that is concerned with the well-being of a white, privileged Stanford student, but not of the underprivileged convicted of the same crime.
Prison violence ought to cause an outcry for prison reform, not for lighter prison sentences. We should strive to have a prison system safe for inmates; however, we must have a society safe for our citizens, without threat of sexual assault.
Henry Burke, Davis
Equal treatment for Brock Turner
Shawn Hubler’s advocacy for differential treatment of Stanford student Brock Turner was offensive. In essence, she says he should have gotten off lightly because he is likely to be raped in prison. She does not say that this is because he is a blond, blue-eyed, androgynous and attractive young white sex offender – but he is. And as such, yes, he may be a target in prison. The solution, though, is not differential treatment. It is protective custody.
In essence, she is advocating white privilege, pure and simple. There is too much of that already in our society. It may well have been operating when Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman and when his parents successfully pleaded for leniency from another white male Stanford grad (the judge) on equally offensive grounds that ignored the victim.
Bad prisons cannot justify racially discriminatory sentences, ever.
Mary Ann Bernard,
Guns debate is all about profits
Re “President cheers on Democrats’ push for gun control measures, says ‘different steps’ needed” (Page 1A, June 17): For years, the gun lobby has said these mass shootings could have been prevented if a good guy with a gun was there to stop a bad guy with a gun. Well, in Orlando, a good guy with a gun, an off-duty police officer, was outside the Pulse nightclub when a bad guy with a gun started shooting.
Being well trained as he was, he quickly realized he was outgunned and had to retreat and call for help, which arrived in minutes, during which time most of the carnage took place.
So what’s left to say? I am sure the NRA will think of something to stop good guys with good intentions from stopping bad guys with bad intentions from buying guns as quickly and easily as possible. After all, it’s not about the Second Amendment, it’s about profits.
Help the hungry in Sacramento
Recently, as part of my Senior Christian Service, I spent a week with fellow classmates serving the needs of homeless or hungry men, women and children in the Sacramento area.
Throughout the week, we worked at various sites that help the homeless and hungry, such as the River City Food Bank, Sharing God’s Bounty and Wellspring Center for Women. One time, a woman came to get food for her family of five. She got three big bags that were supposed to last for a month. My family brings home 10 bags of groceries a week and this woman gets only three bags for a whole month.
I feel that if everyone knew how little some people are given to live on, then they would be willing to donate time and money at local food banks or soup kitchens.
Can’t they water the dying trees
There are big beautiful trees on the corner of Lincoln Village Drive and Explorer Drive in Rancho Cordova. I understand not watering your lawn, but I thought watering trees was allowed. No one is watering these trees, and they are dying. I have lived in the area for more than 30 years, and the trees, I’m sure, are very old. Can’t the city of Rancho Cordova do something about this?
Grace M. Schick,
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