CORRINE BROWN

 

GETTING OFF EASY

Let me see if I have this right:

You are convicted on 18 felony counts and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You lie on your tax forms.

You blame others for what happened rather than accepting responsibility.

You play the race card to avoid punishment, as well as cite your health and advanced age.

You blame the FBI for doing its job.

You get a five-year prison sentence.

If I had done what former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown had done, I would probably receive more than 60 months in prison.

And I have been a law-abiding citizen who has served my country as a Marine wounded in combat.

Dennis Norling, St. Johns

CITY PROPOSALS

WON’T BENEFIT RESIDENTS

My, my, my.

First, the city — also known as Mayor Lenny Curry and Tom Petway — wants to study whether to “divest” JEA, the city-owned utlity.

This is Republican fat-cat groupspeak for: “There is money to be made by privatizing JEA. And we want it!”

Second, Curry and others in Jacksonville want the city to purchase the Southbank property so some influential business people can use it for private development.

This is more Republican fat-cat groupspeak for: “Let the city buy the property we need for our project. That way, we won’t have to have to assume the liability or put forth any of our own money.”

Neither of these deals makes sense for the citizens of Jacksonville.

We the citizens would get the short end of both sticks.

Kathy Sutherland Finn,

Avondale

CORRINE BROWN

TIME TO PAY PIPER

If former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown ever actually serves a day in prison — despite being sentenced to serve five years — I will be totally surprised.

She knows how to work the system.

It’s time that Brown paid the piper for her wrongdoing.

Our members of Congress should be people who are honest and trustworthy with our tax dollars.

JM Dailey, Jacksonville

PRESIDENT TRUMP

PURSUING POOR POLICIES

I’d like to call attention to two issues that are among the many that contradict President Donald Trump’s promise to make America great.

Both concern Trump’s desire to dramatically change existing policies that do not need to be changed at all.

They are:

• Trump’s plan to shrink Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument almost in half and gut the acreage for Bear Ears — a sacred site to five tribal nations — by an even larger percentage.

Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have little regard for the Antiquities Act or other regulations intended to preserve our beautiful, unique national parks and monuments.

• Trump’s effort to loosen the federal standards for school lunches and lower the healthy nutrition standards that local food service providers are required to meet in the meals they serve to students.

As a mother, grandmother and retired educator, I realize how many students, including a huge number right here in Duval County, consume a significant portion of their daily calories at school.

School meals not only help students perform better, but also influence health and future lifestyles. For example, studies show that 9 out of 10 school-aged children are eating too much salt.

If anything, the federal government should be doubling its effort to help schools reduce sodium rather than slowing down those efforts (which is what the Trump administration is attempting to do).

Change is not always bad.

But there are far more positive changes that should be pursued instead of these two poor ones.

Rhoda T. London,Jacksonville

MADOFF VS. BROWN

WHY THE DISPARITY?

Let’s compare the punishment for infamous ex-financier Bernie Madoff and former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown:

Madoff was 71 years old when he was sentenced to prison; so was Brown.

Madoff was guilty of stealing $65 billion from investors; Brown was guilty of stealing around $800,000, money laundering and fraud.

Madoff’s victims were rich white adults; Brown’s victims were poor black children.

Madoff was convicted on 11 counts; Brown was convicted on 18 counts.

Madoff was sent straight to prison after being convicted and waited for his sentence behind bars; Brown remained free on bond while awating the sentence for her conviction.

Madoff was sentenced to 150 years; Brown was sentenced to five years.

Both Madoff and Brown were convicted of financial crimes.

Why the disparity in their sentences?

Don MacLeod, Jacksonville