Jenn House, The Union Democrat

Chiesa case and the justice system

To the Editor,

Peter Chiesa brutally murdered two young ladies, one in front of her 11-year-old son, for something as stupid as a dispute over a driveway easement.

Chiesa was sentenced to four consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for 80 years.

Less than 10 years after his conviction, Chiesa applies for "compassionate release" because he is suffering from an illness which the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cannot disclose details due to privacy rights mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Please, stop and reread the above paragraph to grasp how insane the whole procedure is.

This is a prime example of how insane our government and our laws have become: A man is sentenced to life without parole for 80 years, then just 10 years later he applies for a compassionate release parole for an illness the public cannot be told about due to medical privacy rights due to a law mandated by a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.


Mr. Chiesa should have been executed years ago.

I cannot understand the logic of those against the death penalty.

There will always be some compassionate extenuating circumstance why some poor mistreated and misunderstood convicted killer should be set free to rejoin society.

Mike Schmitz


Heavy handed


To the Editor,

The writer who states that health care act is heavy handed is quite right.

The problem with the statement is that it does nothing to contribute to a positive discussion of health care in America.

When government makes any public policy regulating any activity regarding the lives and actions of some 340 million people that policy is going to be seen as "heavy handed."

Any restrictive or prescriptive injunction is always seen as heavy handed depending on your ideological point of view.

With regard to health care in the United States there is enormous statistical data from U.S. governmental and international sources which suggests that the U.S. is far from the best in health care practices.

With regard to the discussions about "Obama Care," which apparently is the codeword for health care in today's politically charged climate, this quote from another article says: "John Adams could just as easily have been talking about today when he wrote in 1776 of his fears that the Continental Congress' decisions would be dictated by noise, not sense; by meanness, not greatness; by ignorance, not learning; by contracted, not large souls."

Ms. Simning poses the question, is there a better way to address this problem?

Another tactic might be, is there a better way to ask the question?

A way which is not politically, emotionally or ideologically charged and one which would lead to discussions based on real data not unfounded prejudices.

Jay Bell