Isn't itironic that in the headlines Aug. 14 we read andquot;Lacy case takes new twistandquot; and inside the same paper, in the editorial section we read, andquot;Ehrhardt's bail cutandquot;after the Aug. 11 headlines, andquot;Bailcut upsets victim's family.andquot;

Does no one see a connection here? On one front we see a family desperate to resolve the brutal death of their innocent young child in a hit and run, where law enforcement has apparently aided the suspect. Then again in a similar incident we see another hit and run resulting in thedeath of innocent victims, a suspect caught, and our elected government official, favoring a hit and run driver because he has resided in our community for 26 years.

I think there is a terribly wrong message being sent out to our community and others around us that says, you need not be heldaccountable for your actions. What does living in a community for any period of time have to do with the law and consequences of committing a crime.

In both these cases people died from another's actions whether they were intentional or not.Mr. Ehrhardt's actions were intentional from the moment he decided to drive while drunk.

Perhaps the person that left Josh Lacy to die on the side of the road, has been in our community a long time and also decided to drink and drive and shun their responsibility as a human being with a conscience.

Who's to guarantee that Mr. Ehrhardt won't decide to drink and drive again while out on bail? Who's to say the person responsible for killing Josh Lacy isn't still driving or for that matter drinking and driving the same roads too?I believethat the people protecting Josh Lacy's killer are cowards living amongst us.

UnfortunatelyI seeour societyhas becomeandquot;meandquot; individuals who believe theydo not need to be responsible for their actions. We haveallowed that. We have people everyday finding excusesto protect these cowardsactions.

Own your own actions, no excuses.

Sally Stevenson

Crescent Cit