October 1, 2005 Letters Letters Kids in Adult Prison It was good for the News to recognize the good work of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Florida State University College of Law. But aren’t we missing something here?It is an outrage to have children as young as 13 in an adult prison. How can it not be cruel and unusual punishment? The cruelty and mean spiritedness of our legislature and executive knows no bound. Where is the hue and cry for change?Florida does not love or care for its children. One look at the budget makes that very clear. Eleanor L. Schockett Miami Representing ‘the People’ As a prosecutor, I was outraged by the shallow generalizations and biased conclusions made by Sandy D’Alemberte, as reported in the August 15 News article “Lawyers Must Retain Their Link to the People.”According to D’Alemberte, only general practitioners, some trial lawyers, legal aid attorneys, public interest lawyers, and criminal defense attorneys provide the vital “link between the people and the aristocrats.” D’Alemberte purposefully excluded prosecutors from this group because in his opinion “many” prosecutors “are less concerned with justice than they are with conviction rates and length of sentences imposed, and avoiding a perception they are soft on crime.” I respect Mr. D’Alemberte’s opinion, but I invite him to spend a day in my office and I will prove him wrong.Prosecutors are down in the trenches (underpaid and overworked) representing the most vulnerable members of “the people”— the victims of crime. Prosecutors represent “the people” who have been burglarized, raped, robbed, maimed, and murdered. We see grief and pain every day in the faces of “the people.” To accuse prosecutors of only caring about conviction rates and length of sentences is insulting. It is as insulting as my stating in this letter that private attorneys do not represent “the people” because many general practitioners, trial lawyers, and criminal defense lawyers only care about wealth and fancy lifestyles. Such a statement would be irresponsible and offensive to those in private practice.Mr. D’Alemberte’s speech gives the impression that “the people” only include defendants and victims of unaccountable corporations. Only those lawyers in the fancy buildings, with the fancy salaries, driving fancy cars and, of course, those who represent criminal defendants, are Toqueville’s “link.” Mr. D’Alemberte’s comments are unfair and demeaning to prosecutors. Most prosecutors serve with dignity and respect. Prosecutors do not serve “the people” for wealth and fancy lifestyles. We serve because we care. Our link to “the people” is real and undeniable. Juan Carlos Arias Plantation The Name Game The August 15, News column about practicing law under one’s “official Bar name” had me scrambling to discover whether I was in compliance with the rule. I must confess I have never practiced in 26 years using my full middle name, merely the middle initial, and that I am, apparently, now in some jeopardy.I suspect many other lawyers and judges have likewise used their middle initial and not their full middle name. In order to keep the Supreme Court from being swamped with petitions to change “official Bar names,” perhaps the Bar could simply obtain a ruling on whether customary, nonfraudulent use of initials violates the rule.Interestingly, and with all due respect to the final arbiter of Bar ethics, the Florida Supreme Court, I was heartened to see by comparing names listed in the Florida Supreme Court’s official Web site with The Florida Bar’s official Web site, that of the currently seated seven justices, four use their middle initial (instead of their full middle name), one uses a first initial (instead of his full first name), and two are in punctilious compliance.This level of noncompliance with an exacting interpretation of the rule probably exists statewide. Assuming 5/7th of the 76,000 lawyers need to file name change petitions, the Supreme Court will be flooded with more than 54,000 petitions to correct a perceived ill I do not understand.Might I suggest reasonable compliance with the “official name” rule is met by the nonmisleading and customary use of initials? Richard P. Reinhart Orlando Hurricane Katrina While there is plenty of blame to go around for what has gone wrong with Hurricane Katrina, it is not a particular person or a particular agency that fell down. Our very notion of government failed us.Listening to the heart-wrenching frustration surrounding the aftermath of Katrina, I hear Americans of all backgrounds voicing their dismay and shock over the failure of government to timely and adequately respond. But I also marvel that many, if not most, of these people have supported a system of low taxation and “smaller government.” These are Democrats and Republicans who rejoiced over tax cuts. The same people who are fighting right now to abolish the estate tax are shouting that the government did not respond fast enough in New Orleans.We are the Americans who, for two generations now, have said that private corporations can do it all better and that “big government” is so 1930s. This view of government, having to be there when we need it but our unwillingness to pay, has got to stop. Katrina blew home the point that while we can take pride in the wealth of America, the nation could be doing a lot more in providing for its citizenry. One look at the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina and only a blind man would miss the point of a major racial divide and a link to poverty.How long will it take us to learn what the older countries take for granted? Of the 18 most highly developed nations, America ranks second to last in taxes. If you want a high quality of life, your nation must provide a high level of core services, and those core services must be funded by you and me.I have always respected the right of others to think differently, but now it has cost my country hundreds of lives, a gigantic financial loss and decades of future human suffering. Some people believe that government should provide less infrastructure and that people who accumulate wealth through hard work and sacrifice will be able to pay for the rest. This argument appeals to that age-old archetype of American ruggedness and self-reliance.Before Hurricane Katrina I disagreed with but respected the view of less government. Now, I see the tangible and horrific consequences of a nation that has swung way too far in avoiding collective responsibility in favor of individual responsibility. There is a balance that must be achieved. A nation should not and cannot be provider of everything to every person. But, my God, this country, great in so many other ways, should have been able to save many of those lives lost to this tragedy. No one person or agency has failed us. Our own idea of government is what has failed us.Now is the time, while the winds have turned people around, to commit to the notion of government as providing more of what we need and to manifest the culture of collective responsibility in paying for it. We can still be a country of rugged individualism and limitless possibilities for success, but we will also have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that was so evidently denied to many Americans. Scott M. Solkoff Boynton Beach October 1, 2005 Letters
Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) had its best offensive output in nearly two months on Saturday, but Wake Forest shredded the SU defense in a 64-43 Demon Deacons win in the Carrier Dome. For the first time in Dino Babers’ career as a head coach, his team entered the fourth quarter with a lead and lost. With two games left on the schedule, SU needs two wins to become bowl-eligible.Stock upRavian PiercePierce is the tight end SU and Babers have not had before. The junior college transfer has settled in as a solid third target alongside the receiving duo of seniors Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips. Pierce adds a new wrinkle to the Orange offense that defense cannot take lightly. Pierce finished Saturday with four catches for 52 yards but two of those receptions were for touchdowns and a third went for a first down.When SU’s offense clicks as it did in the first half, Pierce’s value is much more apparent. Both of Pierce’s touchdown catches came from play-action. If SU can maintain a decent rushing attack — it ran for 178 yards against Wake Forest — Pierce will only have a better chance to exploit slower linebackers and safeties.Moe NealThe sophomore running back has been an interesting case all season. He is one of the team’s best big-play threats but has struggled to earn consistent touches. Part of the reason could be because of junior Dontae Strickland’s pass-blocking skills. Yet Neal has said he’s fine with being patient until he gets his chance. On Saturday, he finished with 12 carries to Strickland’s nine, the first time he surpassed Strickland in that regard this year.Neal rushed for 86 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Strickland added a touchdown and 59 yards of his own. With the status of SU’s best rushing threat, junior quarterback Eric Dungey, still unknown for next week, that kind of production from the running backs will be imperative to continue offensive success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpecial TeamsBabers said last week that he needed sophomore receiver/return man Sean Riley to catch more punts. Riley caught two of Wake Forest’s four punts and didn’t allow SU to get pinned inside its own 20-yard line once. But his contribution was seen most on kickoffs, where he took five returns for a total of 121 yards, highlighted by a 38-yard return.SU’s special teams also came through with a massive play when redshirt junior defensive tackle Chris Slayton blocked a WFU extra-point attempt that would have tied the game. Instead, sophomore corner Scoop Bradshaw picked up the ball and returned it for two more SU points. The Orange didn’t score again.Stock downThe defenseSyracuse didn’t have its best player and offensive leader but still scored 43 points. That should always be enough to win at home, but it wasn’t because the SU defense had its worst showing since allowing 76 points to Pittsburgh in last season’s finale. Twenty-four of the 64 points SU surrendered came in the fourth quarter.Leading tackler Parris Bennett finished with only six total tackles. John Wolford, Wake Forest’s quarterback, amassed nearly 500 yards — 363 through the air and 136 more on the ground — and accounted for six touchdowns. Running back Matt Colburn II added two more scores and 237 yards. Much of WFU’s success running the ball came from SU’s failure to stop the run-pass option.Up next in a must-win game as Syracuse faces Louisville and one of the country’s most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks, reigning Heisman Trophy-winner Lamar Jackson. A repeat defensive performance would almost certainly mean SU’s seniors will never play in a bowl game.Zack MahoneyThe fifth-year senior didn’t look like a backup quarterback during the first half, throwing for 297 yards and three touchdowns. The second half was different. Mahoney completed 11 passes after the game’s midway point and tossed two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter.On a crucial fourth down with six minutes left that was essentially a final chance for SU to climb back, SU pulled Mahoney, who had spiked his previous pass several yards short of his target. An ice-cold Rex Culpepper threw an incompletion and Wake Forest took over possession at SU’s 30-yard line.Mahoney re-entered the game on SU’s next drive but the brief benching said it all. He was not the quarterback he was in the first half and SU needed better. Mahoney could have to start again next week if Dungey is again unable to play.Devin C. ButlerPossibly the greatest flaw in SU’s offense is its depth after its top two wide receivers. Butler, a sophomore, is one of a few players who could remedy that problem. He got most of the snaps at the second outside receiver slot opposite Ishmael and finished Saturday with five catches for 49 yards. But he had two costly drops. Though it wasn’t the reason for the loss, SU will need Butler to step up in an amplified role if it wants to appear in a bowl game. Comments Published on November 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+
If this high school coaching thing doesn’t work out, at least Valley Christian boy’s basketball coach Bryan Branderhorst can always fall back on becoming a salesmen because whatever he’s selling these days, the Crusaders are sure buying. Valley Christian went 6-20 last season but this year, Branderhorst stepped in as coach and turned the Crusaders completely around. They went 20-6 in the regular-season, finishing in second place in the Alpha League and in the playoffs, they’ve been even better. In the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A first round on Wednesday, they beat Milken Community 56-50 and on Friday, they defeated Pasadena Poly 59-52 to advance into the quarterfinals. What he was still surprised at though was that no Division I college has offered him a scholarship yet. St. Anthony has won 24 games this season and is in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division IV-A playoffs despite the fact it doesn’t have a player taller than 6-foot-3. So how have the Saints done it without a real presence in the paint? Last week, St. Anthony coach Glenn Marx said the answer is simple. “We’ve grown together,” Marx said. “In my two years here and this is a fact, we haven’t had one player transfer in. Last season, we won 16 games and we took that same group and worked with them.” – Ben Villa Wrestling As a sophomore, Millikan 189-pounder Travis Clock went just 2-2 at the CIF Individual Championships, placing among the top 12. What a difference a year can make. Clock breezed through the competition at last weekend’s Central Division meet and claimed the CIF title. “It feels awesome,” the junior said just moments following his 8-1 victory over James Encinas of Canyon Springs. “We’re excited for Travis,” said Millikan coach Marshall Thompson, who will also take Paul Martinez (119), Devin Peterson (130) and Sean Duggan (285) to Masters. “He’s worked very hard.” Lakewood had eight wrestlers place among the top 6 Saturday and qualified five athletes for the Masters Meet – Uriah Islas (125), David Bonthuis (130), Markus Summa (135), Jake Warkentin (171) and Dallas Beaird (189). Lancer coach Andy Miramontes estimates the eight placers were the most he’s had in nine years at Lakewood. – David Felton Girls basketball Jerronisha Green of Wilson High is expected to be out for at least three weeks after sustaining what appears to be a season-ending leg injury in the latter minutes of the Bruins’ first-round playoff game against J Serra on Saturday. With about 2:50 remaining, the sophomore forward was fouled while on a layup and came down awkward. Freshman center-forward Tiffany Bailey came in to convert her free throws, and Wilson escaped with a 69-65 victory to play Ventura in the second round. Wilson coach Byron Ferguson was voted Moore League coach of the year while his guard Tenaya Watson and Jasmine Dixon of Poly earned co-Moore League honors. Raynal Johnson, the starting point guard for Gahr will not be available for the Gladiators in their second-round matchup against Brea Olinda , the junior will sit because she wasn’t academically cleared to play – Earl Williams Track and field With the outdoor season yet to begin, the Poly and Wilson girls left their mark on the indoor circuit this weekend. At the Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Poly sophomore Turquoise Thompson won the 400 in a career-best 53.78 to move into third on the all-time state list and 10th on the all-time performer list. The Wilson 4 x 200 relay of seniors Ebony Collins, Shelise Williams and Dominique Lauderdale and junior Angele Cooper was victorious in 1:39.42. Poly’s 4 x 800 relay of seniors Leah Richmond and Vania Santos and freshmen Tia Leake and Jazmine Rhodes placed second in 9:41.69. – Kirby Lee 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Valley Christian plays at La Salle (22-5) with a trip to the semifinals on the line. “Last year is last year and we’ve buried it,” Branderhorst said. “That’s the past and we believe in moving forward and this year, we have. I’m proud of what we’ve done but our journey isn’t over yet. “We still want to win a few more games.” Last Friday in their game against Lakewood, Mayfair coach Brian VanderWal wasn’t surprised to see senior forward Jonathan Wills fired up. And he wasn’t surprised either to watch him score 20 points and pull down seven rebounds in a 64-41 win.