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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A conviction can be a wake-up call
Re: “Giving convicts the vote is wrong,” June 5 letter by Raymond Weeks:
First of all, the right to vote he speaks of will not apply to violent felons.
Secondly, though the majority of nonviolent felons probably find only entry-level jobs, nonetheless, they are jobs that deduct both federal and state taxes.
Once a convicted nonviolent criminal has paid his or her debt to society, there should be a second chance.
For many, a conviction is a major wake-up call, molding that person into a law-abiding, hard-working member of society.
Some have children who will never commit a crime.
Today’s vote will affect the future of those innocent children.
I don’t think the ex-convicts showing up at the polls are the ones putting assault weapons, drugs, murderers, etc., back on the street.
Perhaps, Weeks is the one in need of a wake-up call.
I thank Gov. Bob McDonnell for giving some a chance to make a difference.
Paper delivery box sits precariously
I have relocated my Roanoke Times delivery box several times.
Each time it has been farther to the left side of my property line than the previous time.
Now that Warren Buffet has bought the publication, I have moved the box one last time to the most extreme left corner of my property line.
Since there is no more room, the next instance of additional partisanship will leave me no choice but to cancel.
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