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Letter to the editor: Why add to sex offenders' penalties?

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Excuse me, Sheriff Fries, why should the sex offenders have to pay for the county police not being able to keep up with the sex offender registry? You said this should have been done a long time ago. Anything that brings in revenue helps.

Why should the offenders be penalized again when they already have been penalized over and over? The offenders have to pay for lawyers fees, probation fees before and after sentencing, ankle bracelet fees, registration fees and they have to take SOMMS class (fees again). And if they want anything decent to eat they have to pay separate for that, too. Commissary money. Heaven help them if they get ill as no one really cares, right? It costs the family and friends gas money to go two hours or more to visit them. They already have no life, so why penalize them more? I hope everyone of them can get a decent job to pay for everything that you want them to. If they appeal their sentencing there is another $5,000 down the tube. Quit trying to torture and bully these people.

Back on Sept. 21, in a column written by Bob Caylor, you stated, “Cars cost more, gas costs more, everything costs more.” Well for your information, we people of Allen County realized that a long time ago. In a column written by Kevin Leininger the title was “Higher tax revenues may ease need for Fries cuts.”

County Auditor Tera Klutz offered the Council members and you, Mr. Fries, some good news for that day. She said, “The likelihood is that local income taxes will generate about $1.04 million more than anticipated next year.” Council could decide to tap that money, its $14 million rainy day fund or both in order to reduce or eliminate Fries’ need for additional cuts.

My suggestion is why do you not use that money to get your registry records caught up?

Joan Busche

Grabill