Updated: June 22, 2013 6:35AM
There are approximately 100 prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba who have chosen to voluntarily starve themselves rather than continue living at the prison. If they feel they cannot handle incarceration and prefer to end it all, that is their right.
Maybe some cannot live with the terrorist crimes they committed against our country and prefer to sleep eternally within their religious or non-religious beliefs. Maybe some can no longer endure waiting for their trial.
Maybe some feel fettered, that while in prison they cannot kill and maim as part of their terrorist agenda. Some may feel that a hunger strike will elicit sympathy and result in them being released sooner than otherwise.
Whatever their reasons, they’re free to starve themselves, they would only have themselves to blame. Force-feeding them only treats the symptom and not the disease.
After all, who was responsible for them getting into prison in the first place? Even in a democracy, one is responsible for one’s actions and deserving of the consequences.
Marie E. Roman
Stoplight needed at Providence High School
New Lenox is looking for input on a U.S. 30 corridor plan from Interstate 80 to Cedar Road. I would suggest that a stoplight needs to be installed at Providence Catholic High School to let the students merge onto U.S. 30 safely.
I encourage the New Lenox Police Department, village and township official and state representatives to observe the dismissal of the school at 3 p.m. weekdays. The chances that drivers take, many of whom have very little driving experience, is unconscionable.
Perhaps someone can explain why a Will County or New Lenox police officers cannot direct traffic for 15 minutes to get the students onto westbound U.S. 30 safely. New Lenox can provide emergency services for a Friday night football game but not for students leaving at the end of a school day?
How unfortunate that a stoplight likely will not be erected until after a fatality happens. What “Proud Americans” we will be then. I strongly urge the village, county and/or state to be proactive in this matter.