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THESE PUNISHMENTS DON'T FIT THE CRIMES

I am writing in regard to Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore possibly spending 30 days in jail for contempt of court. I feel he doesn't deserve such a severe sentence. Yes, he broke the Taylor Law by leading the teachers' strike, but it gained good results. The teachers are now ready to resume their classes and concentrate on the children, and the children will benefit from some of the concessions the teachers fought for, such as art, gym and music.

On the other hand, we have Erie County Legislator Michael A. Fitzpatrick. He has been arrested four times on charges of drinking and driving, and was convicted this week of driving while impaired, a reduced charge.

So Rumore may get 30 days in jail for taking responsibility for his actions and supporting the teachers. Yet Fitzpatrick gets only four weekends in jail for impaired driving, which could have possibly injured or killed someone. Where is the justice?

IRMA ENGLER

Depew

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