Letters to the Editor

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A lack of love

To the editor:

We have so many problems in this country and in our state! And they all center on a lack of unconditional love for our fellow humans.

For instance, in Wisconsin, we now spend well over $1 billion annually on the Department of Corrections; far more than we pay for education. Rolls off the tongue until one bothers to calculate it takes 32 years to live one billion seconds! Each of us pays hundreds of tax dollars annually intentionally inflicting pain and suffering while helping almost no one.

We have over 22,000 incarcerated and the number is increasing – again. It’s all part of a financial growth industry and perverted/unholy/evil psychology that specializes in cruel and inhumane treatment.

Most of today’s prisoners are incarcerated because of mental health or addiction problems. Others are there because of selectively enforced laws that specialize in controlling minorities and poor folks while the bigger problem of white collar crime continues unabated. Still others started in the poverty-to-school-to-prison pipeline, and through early victimization, never stood a chance.

Relatively few currently locked in prison cells are inherently violent and belong there. Yet all are there because nobody loves them.

Mark Smith,

Oconto Falls