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Extra punishment fine in sex offenders’ case

This is in response to Aaron Smith’s letter (“County piles on new tax as additional punishment,” Feb. 26) in regard to the fee the Allen County commissioners voted on.

I am afraid Smith will not find many sympathetic ears for the sex offenders. What they did to children and adults is just sickening. It does not matter if they served their sentence or not. They committed a crime against a person that changes the victim’s life forever.

It seems that offenders of all types have more rights than the victims, and that is just wrong. I personally feel that the fee should be more.

Smith mentioned they are “brothers and sisters.” I find that comment interesting. He also mentioned that they are destitute and have a difficult time finding housing. Well, too bad. They chose to commit their crimes. They made their own choices; the victims did not. The victims did not ask to be violated in the ways that they were.

Here is some free advice to Smith and everyone else. If you cannot afford the fees, the ridicule, shame and so forth, then do not commit the crimes. Always remember, you do the crime, you do the time. No matter what.


Men’s role minimized in abortion proposals

In a Feb. 21 article (“Bill would tighten abortion drug rules”), The Journal Gazette indicated that a new proposed law would force women to obtain an ultrasound before and after a chemically induced abortion. Then from TV, I learned that those would be transvaginal ultrasounds. Critics have compared these ultrasounds to unwanted penetration and rape.

I think male legislators have entirely too much prurient interest in all matters vaginal. It makes them look like a bunch of dirty old men. If the senators are interested in doing something helpful, make available non-prescription birth control pills. And don’t forget that every pregnancy has a man involved. I’d like to hear a word or two about irresponsible sperm donors. Or is it only women’s morals that offend them?


March perfect month to boost nutrition IQ

Each March, dietitians encourage Americans to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month.

There can be a misconception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods. Our “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and of course, tastes. These healthy eating messages emphasize portion control, moderation and physical activity.

Help us celebrate National Nutrition Month and ask registered dietitians questions locally by attending nutrition talks at senior congregate meal sites March 21-22; Nutri-Run March 30 at the Chapel; and the Mayor’s Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. March 12 for the proclamation signing for Registered Dietitian Day on March 13.

Stop by any of the scheduled activities to increase your nutrition IQ or grab a healthy snack.

MARIA KRACH NEIDA media chairwoman MICHELLE BOJRAB NEIDA co-chairwoman National Nutrition Month