Weatherford Democrat

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September 20, 2012

Letters to the editor, Thursday, Sept. 20

— Legislating good habits is not the way to go

Dear editor,

I just saw on the noon news that the New York board of Health has approved a ban on drinks larger than 16 oz. in order to fight childhood obesity. This is ridiculous and will just sell more drinks. One is not enough and half of the second drink gets thrown away.

Childhood obesity prevention is not something that can be legislated. Education and parental guidance is where efforts need to be concentrated.

The only people prospering from this decision are disposable cup manufacturers and retailers.

You cannot legislate good habits even with the best of intentions.

W.S. Terry,

Weatherford

Court need not fail child a second time with light sentence

Dear editor,

In last week’s paper there was an article about a man that received 60 days of jail time for beating a boy. He, along with three other adults admitted to terrorizing this elementary-aged boy. They confessed to beating this boy numerous times. This little boy was bullied in his own home by the four adults and other children that lived in the house with him. The man that admitted to picking this little boy up by the ears and rubbing his nose in ketchup on the wall, as you would a puppy, will only spend 60 days in jail. The boy’s ear was torn! And our court system says that this adult only deserves 60 days in jail for harming a child!

On the same day another article tells us that a teen gets a year of jail time for beating another teen one time.

And a man, with the help of three others, can beat a young child numerous times will only spend 60 days in jail?

There is something seriously wrong with our judicial system! This little boy deserves better treatment than this!

The boy’s mother, who helped hold the child down while other adults beat her son, hasn’t received her sentencing, and I pray that the court doesn’t fail this child a second time!

Sherri Turner,

Springtown

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