Police chief supports Zook in Pa. judicial race
To the editor:
1. A judge should impose sentences on a defendant according to the sentencing guidelines.
2. When a defendant has been given the opportunity to participate in one of the rehabilitation programs that could earn early release from prison, but fails to fulfill their part, that individual should then be required to fulfill their sentence and not get another bite of the apple.
3. A judge should show the prosecution as well as the defense the respect they deserve.
I have had the opportunity to interact with Franklin County First Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook and believe he is well-qualified and would fulfill these judicial qualities I expect of a judge. His proven experience in the courtroom will benefit all citizens as the next judge. His commitment to the law will be an asset to the 39th Judicial District.
Fred A. Scott
Shippensburg police chief
Speed cameras are nothing but revenue generators
To the editor:
On April 5, The Herald-Mail published a column by Art Callaham regarding school speed zone cameras. Art has no problem with these cameras and thinks that they are a swell idea; as do a lot of citizens who care to disregard our constitutional rights to be confronted by our accusers in a court of law, not confronted with a letter and a fine in the mail generated by a machine.
The U.S. Constitution was written by human beings whose intention was that the laws of the land would be interpreted and enforced by the citizens of the newly formed United States of America. No reasonable person can read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution or the Federalist Papers and believe for even an instant that this country was founded on any principle that remotely resembles being allowed to be accused, tried and found guilty by a machine or any other form of technology.
The founders of our nation wrote about “We The People,” not “We The Machines,” of the United States of America. Machines and technology have their place in our society; however, that place is not governing us or enforcing our laws.
Anyone who believes that automated speed cameras and their cousins, the red light cameras, are anything other than revenue-raising profit centers for the government is wrong. And anyone who thinks that our government would operate these cameras at an economic loss is wrong. These cameras do not increase the safety of anyone; however, they do generate a lot of revenue, and therefore, we are doomed to see many more of them.
This type of activity would not exist in the America that I grew up in. And I often wonder how did we as a people stray so far from the principles of freedom and liberty that I grew up with?
Rodney Pearson Sr.
People create their own heaven and hell on Earth