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Letter: ‘Raise The Age’ Outrage

Your “Raise The Age” story pointed  out that  74.4 percent of crimes that 16-and-17-year-olds are arrested for are only “minor” misdemeanors. Of course, that means that 25.6 percent are felonies, including burglaries, robberies, muggings, assaults, molestations, rapes, torture and murders. Yet District Attorney Kathleen Rice is against arresting, prosecuting and punishing 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for these horrible crimes “Regardless of the offense.”  Similarly, Assemblyman Charles Lavine feels that “children should be treated as children regardless of the crime” they chose to commit.

However, I consider the crime committed (and its victim) much more important than the age of the perpetrator. Presumably, Rice and Lavine would both object to treating the following “youths” as adults: The two 16-year-olds who recently beat an 88-year-old World War ll hero to death; the trio of 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds who recently shot a visiting Australian baseball player to death because they were “bored;” and the 8-year-old who recently shot his 90-year-old babysitter to death. These were not the acts of “innocent children.”

Assemblyman Lavine said, “the treatment youths receive in prison can impact them for the rest of their lives.” Angelo Pinto expressed concern that the “trauma of incarceration damages these children emotionally.” Well, pardon me for asking about the impact, emotions, and trauma of their victims and the victims’ many loved ones. They are the people who get almost 100 percent of my sympathy; with the rest of it going to innocent future victims if these human “monsters” are not incarcerated as adults. Lavine said that 16 and 17 year-old criminals should be given an opportunity to rehabilitate, but what if only 10 percent of those released re-offend? What gives our justice system the right to, in effect,  “sacrifice” their future victims?

Richard Siegelman

News

Temple Chaverim is hosting a new member open house Friday, May 2  at 8 p.m. The program includes Shabbat services followed by an extensive Oneg Shabbat. The Temple invites prospective members to take this opportunity to meet their dynamic clergy and innovative education director as well as members of our community.

According to Jody Steifman, member of the Temple Chaverim Membership Committee, Chaverim aims to bring the community closer together.

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.


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