May 4, 2013
Alleged hit-and-run driver irks reader
I was appalled and shocked with the seemingly relaxed and almost indifferent attitude shown by Mr. Letteer as he walked out of the magistrate’s office following his preliminary hearing on April 29.
I cannot fathom how someone who has allegedly caused such great pain and grief can look so composed and almost disconnected from the world around him. I cried when I read Mr. Miller’s accounting of the last moments of his son’s life as I looked down at my nearly 3-year-old son resting on my lap. I cannot imagine, nor would I even try, to understand the pain the Miller family must be feeling.
And before some ACLU supporters give me a lecture on innocent until proven guilty, trial by his peers, etc., the purpose of this letter is to say there is one person who can clear this all up and allow the Miller family to add some closure for their terrible loss. And that one person is Mr. Letteer.
He alone knows the truth and if he were an honorable man he would stand up tall and tell the truth. No stories, no twisting of the facts, no hiding behind nuances of the law, just tell the truth. If he was not driving the car then he almost surely knows who was driving the car.
Tell the truth. If he was driving the car, tell the truth, and accept the consequences of his actions. How can someone look at the image in the mirror or sleep at night knowing that the truth will start the healing process and stay silent?
Kevin Miller will never have an adult life; he will never again enjoy the feel of grass beneath his feet, the joy of another baseball game or the warmth of the sun on his face.
You Mr. Letteer will after you tell the truth and pay the consequences of your actions.
Be a man Mr. Letteer, stand before your fellow man as opposed to cowering behind a defense attorney, and tell the truth.
Do not be so callous and self-centered to drag the Miller family through a court case where they will have to relive that horrible night all over again.
Be a man and tell the truth.
Privatization wrong for many reasons
A recent editorial in my area called for selling of the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit Stores as a way to solve the state’s budget deficit. I think this is a bad idea. Lawmakers in Harrisburg have plenty of challenges ahead of them. Dismantling the Wine and Spirit Stores isn’t one of them.
Right now, the state generates revenue more than $500 million a year from the sale of wine and spirits, including $100 million in profits. How will we make up that loss in revenue? Higher taxes, anyone? Governor Corbett’s scheme, just like all past privatization plans, calls for major increase in liquor licenses.
We should think about the potential negative impact in our communities of the proliferation of privately-operated liquor stores.
I am an employee of the PA Wine and Spirits stores. I am not alone in opposing privatization.
Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit employees help generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the state and keep our communities safe by keeping alcohol out of the hands of VIP & minors.
These good, family-sustaining jobs would be replaced with minimum wage jobs with no benefits, hardly a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania.