Sex offenders need treatment, not ostracism
Re: "Sex offender lived on Gonzaga high school campus," June 27
America is in the Dark Ages when it comes to dealing with the mentally ill, criminal or otherwise.
The most economical -- in every sense -- thing to do is to give these people intensive psychotherapeutic treatment and social rehabilitation. With skilled treatment, the problems that drive sex offending are treatable over several years.
Whether they are incarcerated or remain in the community, sex offenders can become constructive members of society. Keeping them on the margins is both imprudent and inhumane.
Don't sideline the Nittany Lions
Re: "Maybe it's time to sideline Penn State for a year," June 26
Thom Loverro's opinion that Penn State football is on trial because of the misdeeds of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and should not field a team this year is outrageous. Following that logic, every school should be shut down for a year if one of its teachers is convicted for being a pedophile.
Penn State football players are no moreinvolved in this scandal than are the students of a school with an errant teacher.
Go Nittany Lions!
Court's notion of blind justice is unjust
When the Supreme Court releases its decision on Obamacare, the news media will be focused on the political winners and losers.
How does this affect the president's chances for re-election? How can Mitt Romney capitalize on this decision?
The fact that some pedantic argument about a document written in 1787 will determine the health and welfare of the American people is sickening.
If the court truly wants to be the bearer of justice in our society, it should focus on the ever-rising costs of health care and the millions of Americans who can't afford access to even basic medical care.It should also focus on ensuring that medical research and development is not stifled for temporary gains.
Regardless of which side "wins," I can guarantee that the Supreme Court will not base its decision on what is best for the American people.The court glorifies the notion of being blind, as though that somehow places everyone on the same playing field.
How absurd!How did we create a system that purposefully excludes the condition of our lives in the decisions it makes about our lives?How can we hope to find justice in a system that claims a homeless person and a Fortune 500-company are equal in the eyes of the law?