Life deserved, waste of money and fascinating sights

July 06, 2011

I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things we have written about in the paper recently. Here are some:

Two life terms: It's about time a Harford County judge got it right when it comes to a sex offender.

Too often, I'm reading or writing about someone who's abused a young girl or boy, or man or woman for that matter, and he gets off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

I realize that often it's because the state accepts a plea to a lesser charge to keep the victim from having to testify and relive what I can only imagine is the worst experience of his or her life. But it just doesn't seem fair. How can someone commit what I consider the worst possible crime, especially when it comes to children, and only serve a few years in jail?

Not so in the case of Anthony Eugene Robinson, 46, who used to live in the 1200 block of West Jarrettsville Road. His new home for the rest of his life, which at 46 could be quite a long time, will be in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Harsh? Maybe. But consider this: Robinson kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman last July. He shouldn't have been on the streets. In 1996, he was convicted of rape and attempted rape.

Robinson is a bad seed, and even with time off for good behavior and parole, etc., two life sentences to be served consecutively for the sex offenses, with another 25 without parole tacked on for kidnapping – Robinson likely won't ever see freedom again.

That makes me sleep just a little bit better at night.

Harford County Public Schools logo and slogan: The county's public school system already has a logo and/or slogan, according to our education reporter Kayla Bawroski, who covered the board of education meeting June 27, where Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld discussed her communications update.

Part of her update was that her office is going to work on re-branding Harford County Public Schools to develop a new logo, slogan and style guide, among other things.

My first thought is why does Harford County Public Schools need a slogan, or to brand itself? It's not really in competition with other school systems to attract students. In Harford County, or anywhere else for that matter, there are few options as far as schooling: public school, private school or home school. How is a new logo going to help attract students? Would that money be better spent elsewhere? I think so.

Transformers and airplanes: I'm intrigued by the low-flying airplanes, which will be used to test pollution along the I-95 corridor throughout July. One thousand feet is pretty low when you think about it, almost like you could reach up and touch it. It reminds me of driving along Route 1 through Delaware when one of those ginormous C-5As is descending to land at Dover Air Force Base. What an awesome thing to watch – it really gives you a feel for how big those planes really are.

As for the transformers, I never really thought about their route to their destination, but they have to get there somehow. They don't just drop out of the sky. One of the last times one of these transformers moved through my neighborhood, I made it a point to get out there and watch. It's not a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it's not something you'll see every day. I watched with amazement at how big those transformers are, and how slowly they have to move. It's not a fast operation, it's slow and steady that wins that race.

We thought about getting our 2-year-old son up to see the transformer when it was near our house, since he's fascinated by all things automotive, but decided against it because it would have been pretty late at night, or early in the morning.

Besides, a few more transformers still have to be taken up to Peach Bottom from Havre de Grace, so we should have another opportunity. Next time we'll take him to see them earlier in the evening.

And finally, I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. We planned to have a great family day with some friends and enjoy the festivities in Bel Air.

Thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to enjoy all the freedoms we have.

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