Do the crime, pay the time

I would encourage everyone to contact their politicians, to get stiffer penalties for serious crimes

Editor, The Times:

I am very upset about the way the justice department is dealing with penalties for serious crimes. Recently an intoxicated driver crashed his pickup into the side of a RCMP cruiser, killing the female officer.

His penalty for taking this woman’s life was four years in prison.

In four years, he will be free again and able to live a full life. The RCMP officer will be dead forever. Her family will mourn their loss for the rest of their lives.

The police protect the public, I believe we should do what we can to protect them. I would encourage everyone to contact their politicians, to get stiffer penalties for serious crimes.

We have a family member who is a member of the RCMP. If some thoughtless person were to kill him, I would expect more than a four-year penalty.

The other serious crime not being dealt with is the scam artist bilking pensioners out of their life savings. There is a TV program called Holmes on Homes, hosted by Mike Holmes. Most of his clients and his foundation are helping people that have been hurt financially by scam artists.

I strongly believe politicians should create laws to protect our police and the public in general. If you do the crime, you do the time at the crowbar motel.

Harold Elliott

Kamloops, B.C.

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