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All Sides Now

To the Editor:

It’s always nice to see the utter hypocrisy of liberals regarding the criminal justice system. For liberals no individual can be executed unless there is 100-percent certainty that no errors occurred in the trial.

But for sex offenders and child molesters anything goes. So what if the criminal justice system releases individuals who molest children again? That’s not important; what’s important is that at least some of them don’t and that’s good enough. Why isn’t the standard for release of child molesters the same as the one for individuals to be executed—100-percent perfection? It wouldn’t be that the staff of Metroland feels more empathy with child molesters than with their victims?

Joel Margolis


To the Editor:

The recent hysteria over sex offenders, especially those who target children, concerns me. While I’m convinced there is no cure for pedophiles, the problem is that most of them have never been reported, arrested or convicted. We can put all kinds of restrictions on offenders (a nice word for molesters, rapists, pedos, sexual sadists, etc), but people will just feel safer, when they aren’t. Pedophiles are everywhere, and many are not reported. They are the uncles, bus drivers, coaches, priests and dads no one suspects. They are close family members or friends and no one wants to believe they are capable of such a heinous crime. They may be a public figure and no one reports because they fear no one will believe. They could be operating in secrecy because the child has not told, or told and was not believed. Mothers may not report because the offender is their only source of support and income. Others use child prostitutes and are unlikely to be reported by them. Some have even been arrested, but pleaded to other crimes so they don’t have to register.

The “knowing” gives us a false sense of security; but we never truly know all the offenders in our midst and never will. Regardless of how many we register and how closely we watch them, there are others moving freely among us. That is the true danger. Just because an offender is not arrested again does not mean he has not reoffended. It is often years, and many victims later, before their first arrest, and time in prison has taught them to be more careful about leaving evidence the next time. I find no solace in the statistics you offered.

While Malta’s town supervisor would not welcome a “concentration” of offenders (4), how many is too much? I just looked up my zip code on and found 16 registered sex offenders (all level 3) near my home, one with a victim 2 years old. Do you know how many schools, parks and day-care centers there are here?

It would be nice if landlords checked the online registry before they rent to people. At least we can try to keep the known offenders away from areas where potential victims are concentrated. And while I fully understand the difference between a sex offender and a pedophile, I don’t care to live near either one, thank you.

Wanda Lubinski


For the Children

To the Editor:

While I enjoyed David King’s article on the Ravena skate park [“In Bob We Trust,” May 19] and applaud Bob Garcelon’s efforts to improve it, I resent being called oblivious. Yes, I was the father teaching his son to ride his bike (he was the one wearing the helmet) that day in the parking lot. I hardly think my 4-year-old on training wheels was a major obstacle to the two skateboarders who showed up, though I did “lead” him out of their way anyway. I think the skate park is a great idea as maybe my son will take up the sport someday. If Mr. King had asked, I could’ve told him how my brothers and I made our own ramps in our driveway back in the ’70s, and how this creaky 40-year-old could still probably skate circles around Fry and Staples.

Dan Happ


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