To The Daily Sun,
When reading letters composed by Bernadette Loesch, I have to conclude that she is a very intelligent person but just as with some of the others who indulge in the "sport" of opinion I tend to disagree with her in most instances. In her letter on Tuesday she chastises the County Convention for not joining in with the County Commission in favor of a new, shall we say, "jail" that will treat inmates like visitors to a spa in the Hamptons. She describes the existing jail as an " inadequate, decrepit, abundant violation facility". Hmm, I wonder how many visits she's made to the jail. She goes on to extol N.Y. State for it's revamp of it's "prisons".
Apparently Ms. Loesch doesn't know the difference between a county jail and a state prison. County jail inmates cannot be incarcerated there for a term of more than one year and because of plea bargains, good behavior etc. there are few that serve out a full year To spend the amount of money that the commission wants to spend on a facility for short term inmates is ridiculous. Short term stays don't allow enough time to make a major change in the thinking and lives of the people that end up there and by the way, I was always of the assumption that jails and prisons were meant to be a form of punishment. Oops,I guess that wasn't politically correct.
I applaud the County Convention for looking at other ways to improve the facility that won't require the outlay for construction and the massive annual expenses to operate it that would probably cause a mass exodus from the city of Laconia as it's citizens would bear the brunt of the increase in taxes necessary to fund it.
Now to Dick Devens (don't you just love him). Mr. Devens has concluded that corporations aren't people. Okay, if that's the case, are corporations run by trained mice ,robots or maybe aliens from outer space? Please explain Mr. Devens. If he feels that corporations
shouldn't be allowed to be involved in the political process does he feel the same about unions or non-profits or any organization that is run by a board of directors or a privately owned company that is under control of a family or investors? Please Mr. Devens let us know how
you would pick and choose.