Punishment does not fit the Crime
I was absolutely shocked when I read the article about the sentence Judge Anthony Tatti gave Karen Macchione for DUI manslaughter in the death of Steven Thompson, Jr. A 15-year prison sentence with the possibility of being out in four years is not commensurate with taking another person's life and damaging the lives of his relatives and friends.
Several statements in the article caught my attention, but the main one was that this incident was called an "accident." It was not an accident. It was the consequence of poor decisions. Ms. Macchione said that hitting Mr. Thomson with her car was an "accident." There are two reasons why this was not an accident. She was driving under the influence of prescription drugs and she looked down to see why her cell phone was ringing. Both of those were choices. If Thompson had walked in front of her car without any warning perhaps then it could have been considered an accident.
The DUI results showed Methadone and prescription pain medication in her system. Why was she taking Methadone? To my knowledge, the only reason people take Methadone is to get off hard drugs. Why was she taking prescription pain medication? The article states several reasons that seem valid. But why did she get into the car and drive when she was on these medications?
What if she had not been distracted by her cell phone? Maybe the incident would not have happened, who knows? What if she had not been driving. It definitely wouldn't have happened.
The fact is, she killed somebody with her car, just as surely as if she had put a gun to his head. A 28 year old man will never have a chance to live his life and fulfill his dreams. A mother and father will never have the chance to see their son again (at least not in this life). I admire the way they accepted the sentence. It shows a lot of strength on their part. If it had been my son, I don't think I would have been so accepting.
I don't know what the proper sentence would have been for Karen Macchione and perhaps I don't know all the facts in the case that influenced the judge's decision. I just think that the sentence should have been a little harsher. I hope that Karen has learned something from this and that something good will come of this horrible tragedy.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Sarah J. Nachin
What was Microsoft thinking?
I realize not everyone has a computer running Microsoft Windows 8 or 8.1 Operating System. But I think it's safe to say, the majority of computer users are using one of Microsoft's operating systems. Which brings me to Windows 8. Microsoft created a system that is made for touch screen technology. They are trying to compete with Apple or one of the Android systems. If people wanted this type of technology they would have purchased something other than a Windows 8 operating system. Being a teacher in a local computer club, many of the people attending classes ask me "where can I purchase a Windows 7 operating system PC?" The answer is you can not in any of the retail stores. If you go on the internet, you will be able to purchase a Windows 7 PC. But to get to the heart of the problem, Microsoft's Windows 8 comes without support for your CD/DVD drive. You must find a program on the internet to download. Windows 8 does not provide software for burning a DVD. Again, search for one online. One of the biggest screw ups was not providing a "Start" button, which Microsoft has reluctantly created in Windows 8.1, their latest update. There is nothing wrong with creating new software for PCs. I have been a Microsoft user way back to Windows 3 point something. The problem is, Microsoft did not listen to their users in creating this latest operating system. As a result, their sales have fallen off significantly and caused many user to consider purchasing PCs other than Microsoft. However, the bottom line if you are going to buy a new Microsoft PC is go with the flow and purchase Windows 8. You're going to have to bite the bullet sooner or later, because the big M is not going to support the older systems.
Watch out for hackers on healthcare.gov
To all those who read Col. Don Myers weekly column, I urge you to pay particular attention to this week's. It is a cautionary tale of the Affordable Care Act if hackers can access his e-mails and contact list as easily as he states - which is true because it happened to me - then what will happen to all the personal information fed into Healthcare.gov? The answer my friends is as wide spread identity theft as could be imagined. This will be in apocalyptic proportions. So unless you are dumb as a stump or a rabid believer stay the heck off healthcare.gov until it is proven and verifiably safe, which I doubt it will ever be.