Punishment will not match the crime

I HAVE been on this soap box before. Sometimes a crime’s punishment cannot be harsh enough.

The latest case in point emanates out of Cleveland.

The story of the three women held in captivity for up to 10 years has now gone viral. It is both unbelievable and tragic.

If you are one of the women held imprisoned, how can you possibly make up for a decade lost in your life? Impossible.

So, if Ariel Castro is found guilty of these heinous crimes, how can you sentence him to equal punishment? Again, impossible.

The horrifying details of this nightmare continue to be made public. They are sickening.

Castro is being held on $8 million bond on rape and kidnapping charges. He is under a suicide watch.

I realize every defendant is entitled to counsel. But if I was the public defender assigned to Castro, it would be tough to defend him with full zeal.

Should Castro eventually be convicted on those charges, I would think he faces either life in prison or death. But does either one even come close to what those three women were painfully forced to endure for 10 years?

I think not.


THE CITY of Martins Ferry is inviting all former chiefs of police and officers to attend the 125th anniversary celebration of the Martins Ferry Police Department. The celebration will be held on June 8 at noon in the city park during the second annual picnic in the park.

Gov. John Kasich’s office will be presenting a proclamation to the police department. Also, a history of the police department will be on display.


JUST A quick recap from Tuesday’s primary election in Eastern Ohio.

What impressed me the most was the overwhelming support both the St. Clairsville school and Memorial Park levies received. I thought they would pass, but the margin was huge, which was refreshing. The park needed to stay open.

I feel bad for students and staff in the Switzerland of Ohio School District. The district is now steeped in chaos and uncertainty. And if less that 50 voters would have switched their no votes, the district would be in control of a much brighter future.

OUR PRAYERS and sympathy go out to Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce Director Dorothy Powell and her family upon the death of her husband, Duane. He was star baseball and basketball player at Bellaire High. He later served as a prep football and basketball official. Duane was a soft-spoken legend.

OUR BEST wishes go out to retiring Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Jennifer Sargus. She announced last week that she will be stepping down at the end this month after a 24-year tenure on the bench. Jennifer has been the model of bench decorum.

A COACHING icon stepped down as Mount Union football coach Wednesday. The record of Larry Kehres is nothing short of amazing. In his 27 years as Purple Raiders’ head coach, he compiled a 332-24-3 record. That winning percentage of .929 is best ever at any collegiate level. His teams won 11 national championships.

THE NEXT Bellaire Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting will be Thursday at noon at Country Club Retirement Campus, 55801 Conno-Mara Drive, Bellaire. The cost of the luncheon is $7. There is no charge to attend the meeting. All local businesses and their employees are welcome to attend. Please make your reservations by Tuesday by calling the chamber office 740-676-9723 or email bellairechamber@yahoo.com.

KUDOS TO the Colerain Fire Company for its new headquarters. The company held a grand open house celebration Sunday, which brought out a large crowd. It gave me the opportunity to talk at length with my former Little League teammate and current State Rep. Jack Cera. We both agreed on how frustrating partisan politics are. He also intimated that Eastern Ohio is on the threshold of some big development possibilities.

WE WISH all mothers a special Mother’s Day wish.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com