Seems like overkill

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While I don’t claim to know all the facts in the case of the federal indictment against Anthony Cugini (“NETL Ex-Chief to Be Arraigned Today,” Dec. 10), the people interviewed for the article all had one common theme … if Mr. Cugini, former director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, did anything, he “was not doing anything for personal gain.”

Why is it then that we, the people, allow our public employees to constantly follow such extreme measures when confronting individuals who may ostensibly have crossed a blurry line? Call it what you may, but our police have policies (OK, practices) of “shoot to kill,” our schools have policies of “zero tolerance” and our feds, as can be seen in this case, obviously have the equivalent of “legally destroying” a good, honorable and decent person.

Our leaders need to realize that everything isn’t extreme black or white and some tolerance and restraint needs to be exercised even when the full backing of the law or policies allow them to go to extreme prosecuting measures of “overkill.”

WALT OGRODNIK
Upper St. Clair

 


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