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A4-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, November 13, 2003 Opinion TO THg,00:E0000TOR We welcome letters to the editor. All letters must be signed win : a telephone mberfor verification of the writer (your telephone , number won't be published). Please keep them as brief as possible.  Letters may be edited for spelling, grammar, or length. The editor : reserves the right to reject any letter that is considered libelous  or in bad taste. Letters do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publishers. ,Lawsuit blame should be shared I agree with Sasser to some extent regarding the water district lawsuit but what puzzles me about his letter and a recent one from Harland Wells is that they both put the entire blame on the water district and are not sharing it equally with the City of Perkins. I cer- . tainly don't think that the water district's intentions are to bankrupt the city but obviously they feel they have been wronged. Many would agree that maybe the City of Perkins should of done what was fight to start with and given the water district the choice before we just automatically went somewhere else, I am also not hearing from either writer what the city has to say on the matter. Are you guys just so much for the City of Perkins that you look blindly on everyone else? I also have a lawsuit against the City of Perkins but that doesn't mean I am against the ,city's progress. It simply means that I will not let an injustice go t, nnoticed as I'm sure the water district will agree, Maybe the blame isn't getting put in the fight place. A lot of citizens would and do agree that for the good of the city, manage- ment needs to be re-looked at by starting at who made all these decisions to get us in the lawsuit to begin with. Elizabeth Tarlton Judge Murphy should make judgement On Friday, October 31,2003, I stood in a courtroom, in Stillwater, Oklahoma to hear the sentencing case of Randal Gene Albright IlL There were over 120 people there to witness this event. On August 13, 2003, Mr. Albright had plead guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated, crashing and killing Krystle Rogers and critically injur- ing 3 others. This was to be the sentencing trial or so we thought. I stood there from 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m. and heard testimony from both sides. It was gut wrenching to hear from the victims of the accident, the pain and suffering that they have had to indure. The life changing affects of the crash that will live with them for the rest of their lives. We also heard from the mother of the victim and how her heart has been broken over the death of her daughter, Krystle. How their life will forever be empty of their daughter and how al ! the .y had fg.ler Lgbe. ifJk. In the afternoon we heard from the man who corpmitted, tllis crime, How he willingly drank sv.eral les' re leaving his home only to continue drinking once he arrived at Tumbleweeds. All together he estimated he had 10-12 beers. His blood alcohol content was .17. As if that wasn't enough, he also admitted that he was on medication that stated not to take with alcohol. He then got in his vehicle and drove down the wrong side of the highway where he crashed head on with Krystle's car, killing Krystle and critically injuring her three passengers. His father and girlfriend told us what a wonderful, caring Christian he has THE PERKINS JOURNAL (USPS #428.040) The Perkins Journal is published every Thursday at 222 N. Main and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, OK 74059-0040 by Perkins Publishing Co., L.L.C., P.O. Box 667, Perkins, OK 74059-0040. Printed by the Stillwater NewsPress. Phone 405/547-2411 Fax 405/547-2419 e-mail: news @theperkinsjournal.com website: www.theperkinsjoumal.com David & Lisa Sasser-Publishers Cindy Sheets.Editor Rick Lomenick-Assistant Editor Sherry Clemens - Production Manager Th publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. OFFICE HOURS:' Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to: The Perkins Journal P.O. Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059-0040 ALL CONTENTS COPYRIGHT Perkins Chamber of Commerce Perkins Main Street, Inc. 'Oklahoma Press Association National Newspaper Association Im mlm am mlm aim am mm mm am am mm ml mm mm am am am m '! 1 T SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, just fill out this form and mail with I :] ;remittance tO: liThe Perkins Journal 222 N Main 00;x,o i 1perkins, OK 74059-0040 I II Name , , I ,.i: Zip . : Ratl: One year In Oklahoma...$28 I 1 One ymr out of ItatL.$32 I IBE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 i off of the rates listed above if you are a current paid _lsubs(: tiber. Use the form above for your "Mend" and list your I lname here: ! I,,......,---...,...,__________,,11 I 0 :% I " become. His junior high teacher and OSU professors told us how smart and studious he is, after all, he has a 4.0 grade point average. I don't recall us questioning any of that. Even smart people make wrong decisions; even caring people do hurtful things. What we were there to decide was what his punishment should be for killing someone. After all, he committed a crime! That crime was driving while intoxicated. PERIOD! It doesn't state that if you have a 4.0 then it doesn't apply to you. It doesn't state that if you are a Chris- tian, it doesn't apply to you. It doesn't state that if you promise to never drink again then it doesn't apply to you. The law states that killing a person while driving under the influence carries a sentence of 4 years to life in prison. That was what we were there to find out. Did we find that out? NO! After listening to all that and then listening to the judge talk in circles for almost an hour, he decided to* NOT decide until a later date (February 2004). He basically decided to make the parents and all those involved go through this horrible event yet again! How can anyone have any closure or resume any semblance of a normal life with this hanging over their heads? How cruel is that? Judge Murphy even stated that he often wondered why we don't come down harder on people who are convicted of DUI's? Here is a man who has the power to come down harder on people who are convicted and yet he did absolutely NOTHING! The courtroom was full of concerned people: junior high and high school students, college students and parents, all wanting to hear what his punishment would be. What a mockery students? It' s okty to and someone as g as you have. a 4,0and.promise to never drink again? Is th_at-what the law states? Is that how we "punish" someone? I think not[ It's time to take the "heat": judges need to make those tough deci- sions, those convicted or pleading guilty need to take the punish- ment for the crime they committed. Pleading guilty is not enough. Randal Gene Albright III needs to be a man and take his punishment like a man. Judge Murphy needs to be the judge that his constituents hoped he would be and sentence this man to the full extent of the law. That's how you come down hard on people who drink and drive and kill. Send out the message Judge Murphy, set the example, do what is right! We want justice served. We care and we are watching! Dana Kennemer Yukon, Oklahoma A weekly column by Rick Lomenick Journal Assistant Editor Here we are after 10 weeks of high school football games in a familiar place; getting ready for the state playoffs and a shot at a state championship. If you haven't heard by now, our Demons will be hosting the first round game with Atoka Friday night at 7:30. This is the Demons' fifth straight playoffs appearance under the guidance of fifth year head coach Steven Grotheer and his staff. Putting together a string like this is quite an accomplishment in high school football, especially when personnel change due to graduation or other instances. P-T is one of 32 teams that have made it to this point with only 16 of those teams getting to host the important first round game. Statis- tically, the home teams have usually won those encounters. In some instances, it is because they are playing teams not the same caliber talent-wise. I don't believe' that will be the case Friday night. What is a big help is a HUGE hometown crowd filling the bleach- ers and lining up along the fence cheering madly for their team. ....... the hint now? During the previous four years, the Demons have always had a strong following during the playoffs. And that includes the 1999 game at Frederick and last year's encounter at Marietta. There's no telling what the weather will be Friday night but remember, this is mid-November so expect just about anything. Carry a few extra blankets for sitting on and wrapping up in. Some rain gear could be handy as well. Keep your vocal cords rested then cheer madly Friday night. Despite the great distance, I'm sure a big crowd from Atoka will make the trip here to follow their Wampus Cats. And with that in mind, lets show them some of our fine hospitality while they are here because for the most part, many will be spending money in our community, which in turn is a boost to the local economy. Good luck Demons! Considering what all was taking place, last Saturday night's 4-H and FFA Pork Chop Supper and Auction was another good one. As expected, the dinner consisting of the smoked pork chop with baked potato, green beans, salad, and dessert was quite tasty. Thanks to all those who did the cooking. And as auctions go, there were a nice variety of things donated from numerous local and area businesses as well as neat items made by several folks. A NEW STU00 SAYS K I bS, 00ATCI00 Too/00V600 TV,,, o % % EVEN Y.. Sers : The Perkins community was saddened to learn of Christina Pool. Our thoughts and prayers go out to members and friends as they deal with the tragic that led to tier demise. It is frustrating to learn of the many protective orders been filed against her slayer, Albert Staats, not only by but by several other women. It is also frustrating to note served less than two years of the seven-year sentence he for raping a 15-year-old girl. The problem is much larger than one police officer or of the court can possibly handle. But it is truly thing needs to be done to protect innocent people against of terror and slaughter. After reading Staats' history through protective court affidavits and sentencing, it was painfully plain to see as an abuser. What's the answer'? I don't know. I only know that we need to support like Stillwater Domestic Violence Services which can in our to idenily. help abusiv.e peol:Ke to change before it's ** Thanks for your input about all of the changes and The Journal during past weeks ! It helps readers about items they like (and even don't like) in the 1  We have enjoyed bringing you several new features. enjoy Keith Reed's column on our monthly Home & and Virginia Sasser's food column (recipe hunters are and Frank Wyatt's fitness column and Steve Willin column on our Health & Fitness page. We have able comments about the "Truthful Pete" columns enjoy getting those vacation photos, so please keep This week we have added some more new items. new weekly column by Carolyn Evans LaNata. You page B2. Contributing columns to our monthly Business & will be Mel Campbell, who will be offering financial Glenn Goodrich, who will be supplying us with lots computer tech tidbits. Next week Diana Lee will be offering help withthe world of wine in her monthly Food & Spirit column, Diana is very knowledgeable about wines and has a personality. Don't miss her column. We are thrilled to welcome all of our new columnists[ ** I usually tell people that if they enjoy putting then they'd enjoy doing page layout. Though sometimes to use pieces that seem to belong to another puzzle Journal staff really works together to put those week. Rick Lomenick typically formats the Sports and Sherry Clemens is in charge of the Classified works on our People and Local pages, as well as and Area News. This week she also worked on the News page. Whew! David Sasser has been working on our feature changes theme each week. (This week it's Business & also does our special photo spreads, which are but also a lot of worli. He's been doing a great job, hasa really been picking up speed on our publishing couple of weeks so he's been also trying his hand at pages like our Farm & Ranch page or I usually do the other pages. It seems like each little something that's different, so we all just pitch it done. That's one of the best parts of this job. Thanks for your in0ut! ieve in We've got excellent 4-H and FFA programs here with kids involved. That makes it easy to big on the know the money raised is going to a pretty good caUSe. I'm already looking forward to next year. David Sasser's editorial last week pretty much ings of a lot of people here. This issue has been dragging along for several no end in sight. It seems the only ones to benefit lawyers. In the mean time, this issue will continue to sible effect on Perkins' growth. What a sad situation who have the power to put a stop to this madness If you haven't already, make your feelings knowr board members.