Letters to the Editor

Life in prison sentence holds no great hardship

I read in The Island Packet recently that a criminal had been sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole.

He was found guilty of killing a 17-year-old, then shooting and wounding his 15-year-old brother.

I call this "early retirement" at the taxpayers' expense.

This is what he will have to face: a private cell, toilet, shower and bed with clean sheets, three balanced meals each day, with not too much fat to keep his cholesterol in check, plus medical, dental and vision services and a little check to get other things he may want. He'll have a recreation room, heat and air conditioning.

If history moves west, a country founded on religious freedom is certainly doomed.

What happened to "eye for an eye," "tooth for tooth?"

Richard E. Boyles Sr.

Hilton Head Island