To the Editor:
I recently had a conversation about forgiveness. The question was, does everyone deserve forgiveness? How does one go about finding forgiveness?
Well, I guess it depends on what you've done that needs forgiven, and from whom you desire that forgiveness. I know this much: It sucks to have forgiveness hanging over your head, and being a slave to someone's forgiveness. But as they say, do the crime, do the time.
Which brings me to the case of Shannon James, who had committed the crime of theft. She was released for good behavior and put on probation, contingent on paying restitution to the victim. Despite doing all she could with a back problem that caused her disability, and prevented her from working, and raising a son by herself, she fell a little short on paying restitution.
A hearing ensued, and poor Shannon was sent to jail for the holidays, where she will have a even harder time paying said restitution. Everyone, including her probation officer, and the victim were shocked by the outcome. How does the victim feel? Cheated – he knows he'll have a better chance getting his money back if she weren't locked up in jail.
So will this gain Shannon her forgiveness? She will have no Christmas with her son this year because our county prosecutor, Keller Blackburn, decided to make an example of her. Believe me, if everyone in this county were in jail for not paying restitution, we would have to let all the violent criminals out to make room.
How about making an example out of a deadbeat dad, not a single mother, Mr Blackburn? With all the overcrowding in our jails, was Shannon James considered the biggest threat walking the streets? Anyone who knows Shannon, knows that's not true. Someone had an axe to grind, and poor Shannon appears to be the stone.
I sure hope someone with some integrity runs for prosecutor. I know I can forgive Mr. Blackburn, but not likely until after the next election.