Letter: Fighting crime should be highest priority
By Mike Handzus, Lakefield After reading the article in the Jan. 20 paper titled "Level the playing field," I could not help but think that neither the DFL or GOP have a clue as to what needs to be done first. Sure, all the items they mentioned m...
By Mike Handzus, Lakefield
After reading the article in the Jan. 20 paper titled “Level the playing field,” I could not help but think that neither the DFL or GOP have a clue as to what needs to be done first. Sure, all the items they mentioned may require eventual attention, but they overlook or don’t care about the most pressing issue facing this state. That issue is crime.
It used to be hear that to hear, or read, about criminal acts on a daily basis, you would be watching or reading the news out of the Twin Cities. Now, all you have to do is read the daily paper, or listen to Sioux Falls news, to find out another crime (or crimes) has been committed.
It’s on a daily basis where someone has been murdered, sexually assaulted, burglarized, robbed, manufacturing or selling illegal drugs or had their identity stolen, just to name a few things. We need capital punishment reinstated in Minnesota for violent crimes and drug crimes, and implemented within two weeks after proven guilty - and not let them sit on death row for 10 to 15 years while we pay all of their expenses.
On the lesser crimes, these people need to be put on work details to pay back their debt to society.
The punishment needs to be severe enough that you do not get repeat offenders.
So, for all the issues that the legislators feel that they need to address, if you cannot provide a safe environment for people to live and work in, the rest becomes irrelevant.