Del Norte Triplicate Readers

Criminals claiming victimhood is narcissism at its finest

It always strikes me as odd when people who have behaved poorly enough to subject themselves to prosecution find that they are the victims. Victims of discrimination, victims of segregation, victims of isolation. This is narcissism at its finest. It's all about them. About their rights, their comforts, their time.

To them I say, "it's prison, get over it." They want justice but not at their expense. What's that saying, "don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

The real victims are not in prison, getting three "hots" and a cot. They are either dead or forever wounded by these individuals. They are the fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children and grandchildren that are left with the scars and broken pieces of life to sort through. They have suffered greatly from the actions of these inmates, some of whom inflicted pain on their own families.

I know I sound rigid and cold but it's the reality that we must face. I know I do. Each day I face the man in the mirror. Yes, I've been there, done that. I used to a California inmate. But I chose to make choices and never return. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

Time. Spend it carefully. Invest it wisely. Live it truthfully.

Jay Mellberg

Nashville, Tenn.

Brown's emphasis on taxes seems like politics as usual

Although I did not vote for Jerry Brown when he was running for

Governor of California, at first a lot of his ideas for our Golden State

seemed prudent. However, as he proceeded into his first year (this time

at least), Gov. Brown is seeming more like political business as usual.

Tax, tax and more taxes!

While we need more money, why don't we do it this way, Jerry? Why

don't you axe all of the illegal aliens' entitlements now, instead of

cutting the jobs of teachers, police, firemen - those we really need?

If we immigrated to some (or maybe all) of those countries the

illegals originated from, we would not be receiving welfare, food

stamps, free hospitalization, housing assistance, educational

scholarships and free schooling.

In fact, when my family immigrated to California from Canada

(legally) we had to sign affidavits stating we would not be applying for

or accepting the government dole, and we kept our promises.

Too much money is being spent in California, especially on

entitlements, on both American citizens and illegal aliens. And while

some SSI recipients really need help, many of them do not really deserve

it and should not receive it.

I would wager that if we cut off all entitlements, completely, to all

illegal aliens, we would balance our state budget. And don't nit-pick

Jerry, cut it off completely.

How about a try, Gov. Brown?

Patricia Thorpe

Crescent City