Accountability for Vargas
by Letters to the Editor, April 7, 2010
This is in response to a post on your Facebook page in regards to the Aaron Vargas case. There are quotes like “If Aaron is allowed to go free, get counseling, and do community service by dedicating his life to educating our public safety officers and the general public, he will have well served his term” or “He should be let go immediately and treated to a parade down Main St.”
I believe these statements show that this community does not value the importance of accountability. Mr. McNeil should have been held accountable and so should Aaron. We have a legal system chalked full of people who are paid good money to deal with situations like this. It was a terrible thing that happened to Aaron, but he went about it the wrong way. It is much harder to do the right thing, in this case reporting the matter and having the legal system handle it, than it is to take the easy way out. Aaron took the easy way out and we should not make it easier. Nor should he be honored in anyway. If he would have handled the situation legally and helped others in similar situations, I would have a great respect for him as a man. I have a hard time respecting a murderer. All of the attention this case has brought I am certain has helped many but, from knowing his family as I do, it was all done for selfish reasons. They could give a crap about anyone else, they are grabbing at straws in an attempt to get this guy free.
Aaron really shouldn’t have been free at the time that he murdered Mr. McNeil, let alone free now. This should be a respectable community; I am all for helping our fellow members out, but we do have to draw the line somewhere. If we do not, it shows that people can literally get away with murder. We have to put our foot down now, and he should stay right where he is at for a very long time. Think about it; guys get put in jail for drugs longer than 6 years and most of them have never killed anyone. If Aaron goes free, why not let some of the drug dealers go? What about the guy who got the “3 strikes” for weed or intoxication? This is just my two cents.