Sunday, September 3, 2006
The Globe noted in a recent editorial on the Josiah Spaulding case that prison sentences are unusual for first offenses in assault cases.
Walter Branson of Newton says that's wrong in a Letter to the Editor today.
"Violent criminals should be the first people we choose to incarcerate, if for no other reason than to protect the public. Instead our prisons are overrun with drug users and petty, nonviolent criminals," he writes.
In another letter, Jason M. Clevenger of Newton joins the car v. bicyclist debate. Clevenger says that as a bicyclist, "I feel that the level of hostility that cyclists have to endure from our car-driving neighbors is completely unwarranted."
And in still another letter, Sumner Weisman of Framingham asserts that "unquestioned military superiority" can still produce results.