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Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 12:21 pm, Wed May 30, 2012.

During the last election, voters tried forcing our legislators to balance the budget and do their job, but the judge disagreed with a majority of the voters to do something not to their benefit. They have their own agenda and it has nothing to do with solving California's problems.

Raising taxes isn't the way to balance the budget. We are $2 billion in debt just on the state retirement fund alone, and increasing every day. It seems to be a hide-and-seek game in Sacramento; what you think you are getting, you're not.

Now we're going to vote on the death penalty — that's a laugh, what death penalty? They usually die of old age. You have a person with knife in hand, blood on his clothes, DNA and 23 witnesses, so the judge says he needs four attorneys at $400 an hour for each; so many appeals that most people can't count that high. This is where the cost comes from, not from incarceration. It's lawyers and millions in appeals.

What happened to the witnesses? I am sure the judge thinks they are not capable of understanding what they are seeing. Anyway, it might sway the jury, and don't bring up his past — that certainly won't be allowed in court, as it doesn't pertain to the present charge. With a rap sheet 12 pages long, this is not admissible in court? "Cop" a plea and don't bother making your bunk bed, you'll get five years of probation or go to jail. You know you're not staying long enough, with the overcrowding, for your food to get cold.

When will the voters' voices be heard and enforced? I know with Leroy Ornellas running for state senator, 5th district, we can get some of the badly needed adjustment in Sacramento. Can we take a look at where the money is going?

Governor, I think we need some facts about our budget. Am I saying that right? Maybe I should say facts about all money, including money coming from taxpayers, that makes up the support of California. Is this possible, governor, or is this confidential?

Ben Coleman

Lodi

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6 comments:

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 10:40 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1520

    No problem. Tom or Thomas I use both

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 9:36 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Ben, your argument is MY argument. VOTE OUT ALL THE INCUMBENTS! You might get a few bad apples. We can get rid of them later. But if you put back the same bunch, you get the same old thang! Rotten to the Core!

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:51 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2475

    Good posts all the way around.

     
  • Sam Heller posted at 4:14 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Thomas, no insult intended by me calling you Tom. My brother is named Thomas and insists on "Tom". Have a great night.

     
  • Sam Heller posted at 4:12 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Tom, I so agree that the death penalty is too expensive and should be done away with. I used to be for it and with age I have changed my opinion. To me, now it seems silly to kill someone for killing someone.

    I would prefer that someone who murders gets life with NO chance of parole. I also believe they should have no tvs, no computers, etc. I would give them books to read and an 8 hour job to pay for their food. I personally do not think Charlie Mason is lovin life. He has been taken out.

    I do however think Michael Morales IS loving life. He needs to be deprived of computers, tv and family visits. The family he destroyed can no longer visit each other therefore he should lose those rights. Life in prison should feel like life in prison.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 9:25 am on Tue, May 8, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1520

    The death penalty shold be gotten rid of as it is too expensive and the judicial system is unreliable. There are those who believe if some one is accused they must be guilty but over and over we find innocent people have unjustly been incarcerated. Otherwise I wouldn't be against the death penalty for murderers if we know for certain this is the right one. Circumstantial evidence and even many eye witness accounts are not sufficient for assuring the guilty one.

     

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