Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Oldest Returns To The Nest

Today my oldest daughter moved back home from North Carolina. Ahhh.. She actually missed us and missed living in Michigan.  When they are teenagers they hate us and can't wait to move out. Then move out and realize it's not so easy and they want to come back home. Either way she is home and it's nice to have her back. I made tostadas and tacos for her coming home dinner. They turned out perfectly. Now, I am really wishing I had bought dessert.

Second Chance For Convicted Felons?

All this BS with convicted felons now being offered all these jobs just because they go on television and give their sob stories is ridiculous. I'm sorry, they are convicted felons. There are plenty of people out there who has lived their life right, who have never been arrested and worked hard through out their lifetime who can not find jobs. If companies are going to hand out jobs, they should hand them out to the people who have worked hard and deserve them. I am tired of hearing about Ted Williams. He doesn't have a hard luck story. He came from a good family, had the opportunity to go to school and he screwed it up by doing drugs and committing crimes. I don't really care if he did pay his debt to society, now he should just be handed jobs because he spent time in prison and screwed up the his life and the life of his children. Plenty of people paid their debt to society by working hard and paying their taxes. So how did he pay his debt to society?
Now there is another convicted felon in Southfield, MI who went on television to get his sob story out there with the hope that someone will cut him a break and give him a job. Well damn, it worked. He got a job. He was in prison for murder. He killed someone and only got 18 years and feels he paid his debt to society. Well, I'm sorry. Eighteen years is not good enough. The person he killed and their family got a life sentence. They don't have a second chance and he doesn't deserve one either. 40 year old Marlon McDonald says to Fox 2 News "Someone died because of me, and that was unnecessary," he said. "That's my fault, and that is, I guess for a lack of a better term, my cross to bear." It's just not his cross to bear, the family of the person he killed also has to bear that cross for the rest of their living life. They didn't get just 18 years, they lost their son or daughter. Someone lost their sister or their brother or maybe even their mother or father for a lifetime, not 18 years. What is Fox 2 News going to go out and cover every sob story of every convicted felon that contacts them? Honestly, I think Fox 2 News should have turned down Marlon McDonald and went out there and covered a story of someone who has lost their job and practically everything they own because of the economy, not because they were a convicted felon and killed someone. Andrea Isom from Fox 2 News says "However, McDonald has paid his debt to society. He did hard time, almost 18 years behind bars for murder." Does she really think he paid his debt to society? What if that had been one of her family members he killed? Would she still think he paid his debt to society then? I am not saying they don't have a right to a second chance, just that they should have to work for it like everyone else. They shouldn't be handed a job on a silver platter. If these places want to hand out jobs, they should place an ad and hire someone who is deserving of the position.

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