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Published: Wednesday, 4/24/2013

Not all cases of murder publicized

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In response to the April 7 commentary, “Failure to protect: Review of Gerber tragedy is needed”: It’s amazing how one domestic violence/murder case can cause so much more publicity, while another is pushed into the background.

My daughter, Wendabi Triplett, was murdered by her estranged husband this past Christmas Eve. He shot her five times in front of her children and brother. She had been on the phone constantly with the city prosecutor’s office and the detective who was following her case, trying to find out what was being done.

Our city is not aggressive enough in domestic violence cases or maybe just not concentrating enough on the repeat offenders.

The new idea of having one judge and victim advocate handling these types of troubled cases might help get the right attention and save lives in the future.

LESLIE HAYES

Valleybrook Boulevard

 

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Texting by driver shows problem

On a recent morning as I headed to work inbound on Airport Highway from around Toledo Express Airport, I had the scare of my life. I was behind a small red car that was swerving all over the road. Its erratic speed indicated something was wrong with the driver.

As I got ready to call 911, I got a glimpse of the driver — a young woman who was texting with both hands. Occasionally she looked up to correct her car’s course, but was otherwise oblivious to the world around her.

When Ohio enacted a statewide texting ban, I was one of the many skeptics thinking it was more of a gesture than an effective law. I was wrong. The worst offenders will make it easy to enforce.

What I saw that morning was a complete disregard for the lives of others and worthy of a felony, not misdemeanor, charge.

MARK HARRELL

Swanton Township

 

Religious tolerance a factor of policy

The only way to include the 9/11 tragedy in the debate on religious tolerance is a national soul searching on its cause by studying the history of our foreign policy (“Columnist needed to note 9/11 attacks,” Readers’ Forum, April 8).

The media are guilty for continuously projecting the wrong view of the rest of the world. No wonder we suffer from the paranoia of the kind espoused by the lunatic who set fire to the prayer room in the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. Was not the wiping out of thousands of innocent lives in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, sufficient vengeance for him?

We need to know the truth of what we do to others to understand how terrorism comes back to haunt us.

VADAKEN KRISHNAN

Bowling Green

 

Thatcher’s policies hurt middle class

To say that the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was disliked is an understatement (“A matter of mourning; How the passing of 2 conservative icons produced vastly different reactions in the nations they once led,” April 14).

Her policies started the downward spiral of the middle class, as did those of her counterpart in the United States, President Ronald Reagan. George H.W. and George W. Bush perpetuated the process.

VAUGHN MILLER

Swanton



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