LETTER: In crime-ridden society, people lack healthy fear of consequences

LETTER: In crime-ridden society, people lack healthy fear of consequences

The Editor,

Re: "Adversity is exhausting our city," the Now, Jan. 9.

Dianne Watts doesn’t need to set up a task force to discover why the crime rate is so high. It’s simple – people used to have morals as well as fear of parents, God and the authorities.

Our judicial system needs great reform. When the cops bring someone in, our legal system throws them back out. What’s to fear or keep someone in line? While in prison, a person should be entitled to bread, water and the occasional vitamin C tablet. If they don’t like it, maybe they won’t go back. That is what "consequences" is supposed to mean.

When a person is given three square meals a day, shelter, lodging, a gym, library, entertainment, as well as an education, that is called a way of life, not punishment. Why do law-abiding citizens have to pay our own way, plus pay for a way of life for those incarcerated when they get more than our own kids and we can’t even take care of our elders (whose tax dollars built the country we live in today)?

In a similar vein, search and rescue asks people to use their common sense. Our young people don’t know what that is. They should have their volunteers take a month off and let the out-of-bounders sink or swim on their own. Maybe after a few deaths the people will have a fear of dying. True, I don’t want my kids to die to set an example for others but stupid is as stupid does.

Diana Oldman, Langley