Save 75% - Only $49.99 for 1 full year! digitalPLUS subscription offer ends 12/1
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Dwyer should be held to a higher standard

Justice System

Reading the article on Del. Don Dwyer's boating-while-intoxicated sentence was interesting ("Dwyer sentenced to 30 days in jail in drunken boating incident," May 14). Drinking and boating is playing Russian roulette. If you are in an accident you may survive but you may destroy others lives. He stated that "those who made the laws have an obligation to obey them." When he found out he would have to spend 30 days in jail, his obligation ended. He's appealing his conviction.

I agree completely with Judge Robert Wilcox who presided over the case. Mr. Dwyer should be held to a higher standard. We as citizens should expect our elected officials to uphold the same laws that we must adhere too. He caused much pain and injury to those he crashed into. They will carry that experience with them forever.

His attorney feels that the sentence was inappropriate. How dare him. Mr. Dwyer committed a serious crime by willingly boating while intoxicated. The fact that he is in an alcohol treatment program is laughable. If he drinks as much as he did that day, he should have done this some time ago. The only reason he is doing this is because he was caught.

All those who drink and boat (or drive) should be brought before Judge Wilcox. We may not have as many deaths and near fatal injuries if all arrested for this crime would be treated as Mr. Dwyer is. I hope his appeal fails. This would be a slap in the face of conscientious judges trying to stop this flagrant crime.

Lois Raimondi Munchel, Forest Hill

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
Justice System
  • Dwyer still doesn't get it
    Dwyer still doesn't get it

    I strongly resent the comments made by Del. Donald H. Dwyer in regard to his arrest for operating a boat while intoxicated ("Dwyer gets 30 days in jail in boating incident," May 15). He sounds like the 5-year-old who gets caught taking a candy bar from a grocery store and uses the excuse that...

  • Ferguson: Is there justice for all?
    Ferguson: Is there justice for all?

    While I can, I go on hoping a majority of the grand jury in Ferguson votes to indict Officer Darren Wilson ("Far from Missouri, Baltimore readies for Ferguson ruling," Nov. 24). If they fail in that, the obvious choice is for everyone to go out and protest. The police in most of the country...

  • Praying for peace in Ferguson
    Praying for peace in Ferguson

    As we brace for the Ferguson grand jury to make a decision, there's a simple old adage that states, "God save the Queen."

  • Ferguson tweet shows poor judgment
    Ferguson tweet shows poor judgment

    In the case described in "Baltimore Police tweet about Ferguson draws criticism" (Nov. 21), while it is true that First Amendment Rights are important and this sergeant is entitled to her opinion, I question her judgment in opining on an incident not involving the Baltimore City Police...

  • Goats not baa-d groundskeepers
    Goats not baa-d groundskeepers

    I was thrilled to read about the goats eating the English ivy at Towson ("At Towson University, goats deliver weed-control lesson," Nov. 24). I drive by the Towson campus daily and have seen the ivy taking over the trees there. English ivy is a horrible scourge. Some of the vines are bigger...

  • Obama casts himself as a dictator with immigration action
    Obama casts himself as a dictator with immigration action

    On Thursday President Barack Obama granted amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens even though he declared it is not amnesty ("Obama makes his case for immigration action," Nov. 21). He has lost credibility with all the lies he has said in the past six years as president. What he did was...

Comments
Loading