Letter: What you can do

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 24, 2006

This is in response to Sandy Overcash’s Dec. 13 letter, “What can we do?”

Like many others, I, too, wondered what I could do as a citizen to be heard. This sense of helplessness is shared by many, I’m sure. I agree, there is something wrong when someone is able to take the life of someone and walk away freely (perhaps even drive) the next day! Perhaps if our laws were tougher, this wouldn’t make it so easy to do and people would give drinking and driving, speeding, etc. a second or even a third thought!

I realize judges set bail based on many different factors, but evidently these factors need to be changed. So, how can we help? With views/concerns regarding the bail amounts set, write the Rowan County Chief District Court Judge Charlie Brown at 232 N. Main St., Suite 216, Salisbury, NC 28144. To express views/concerns regarding laws, write: NC state Sen. Andrew Brock at 1119 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808 or e-mail him at Andrewb@ncleg.net; write state Rep. (for District 77), Lorene Coates at 633 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 or e-mail her at Lorenec@ncleg.net; or (for District 76) write state Rep. Fred Steen at 514 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 or e-mail him at Fredst@ncleg.net.

We can’t right this wrong, but perhaps we can prevent future incidents such as this. Come on, citizens, I challenge you to do your part to help prevent future tragedies.

Ross Edward Neese (the party charged with DWI and other counts in the death of 8-year-old Sarah Burgdoff) will be tried in the Rowan Courthouse the morning of Jan. 3 in Courtroom 3.

— Sonia Cress