May 2, 2017 letters to the editor

May 2, 2017 GMT

Outrage over low bail

When I read the article on Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeking the former Uber driver who is a rape suspect I was totally outraged (“ICE seeks Uber rape suspect,” April 27). I have a daughter who currently attends Boston College and uses Uber regularly. So I was aware of the incident.

But I was shocked to read that the driver was an illegal immigrant who had been deported previously. Nonetheless, he was only given a $2,500 bail that was easily posted.

The prosecutors asked for $100,000 bail and GPS monitoring — but the judge sets such a low bail? What in God’s name is going on with our legal system?

The judge should be ashamed. This is a charge of rape, not some petty crime.

We have lost our morals in this country, and it is sad.

— Bill Raftery, Dover

O’Reilly not the last

The spectacular fall of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, preceded by the unceremonious exit of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is perhaps a harbinger of more corporate sexual harassment allegations to come — reaching beyond Fox News (“Bill O’Reilly takes a fall,” April 21). It is crystal clear that for any news media maintaining top viewership ratings and sponsorship by blue chip companies is the highest priority. And O’Reilly did that for Fox, thus earning corporate immunity from being fired or investigated and gaining him the perception of invincibility.

I am afraid we are perhaps looking at the tip of an iceberg regarding sexual harassment in the workplace in America. What’s needed is zero tolerance for sexual harassment and a strict code of conduct spelled out clearly and implemented vigorously in workplaces from boardrooms to factory shop floors across America.

— Atul M. Karnik, Queens, N.Y.

Wind subsidies worth it

Economics 101 tells us that subsidies of any kind can not last forever. Nonetheless, cutting incentives for renewable energy at this critical moment in history is not a sensible decision (“Oklahoma to end tax credit that propelled wind production,” April 17). That’s especially true in a state that has been firmly in the grip of the fossil fuel industry.

Let’s not forget the hundreds of unusual earthquakes that Oklahoma has suffered in the last few years. Fracking has caused pollution and earthquakes — while wind energy has created clean electricity and jobs

At the very least, subsidies for the fossil fuel industry should also be dropped to truly level the playing field. Despite the reassuring words of the Oklahoma legislators and state representatives, this decision is another sneak attack on green energy. Dropping the ball on renewables will ultimately hurt the people of Oklahoma — and the whole United States.

— Paola Massoli, Somerville

Going soft on crime

The Herald raises the question of how many people got away with their crimes after 21,587 cases were erased in a court ruling (“The Dookhan legacy,” April 20). I figure that’s all of them. And then the ACLU’s Kade Crockford says “stop arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating people for drug offenses.”

Right. Don’t stop there. How about assault and battery because of a traumatic childhood? This could go on and on until we have no need for police, courts and jails. Where would we be then?

— Bruce Ramsdell, Worcester