Letters to the Editor

Letter: After conviction, people can be reformed and redeemed

To the Editor:

I amresponding to the Mar 3 local briefs article about Dennis Haradon’s conviction. As written, the facts are (sadly) true.

He committed a serious crime and is serving time for that. What was not written is that this man is actively turning his life around while incarcerated: by attending Alcoholics Anonymous, Celebrate Recovery and anger management meetings, attending any available Sunday faith services, working with chaplains when available, working diligently in the jail kitchen and talking to younger offenders about not ending up like him.

Some incarcerated people do actively work to change their lives and lifestyles for various reasons. This man’s motivation and focus is through the life-giving power and strength of Jesus the living Christ as he reads the Bible and Jesus-based, life-changing books. Dennis’s goal is to be trained in substance abuse counseling to help others when he is released from this prison time.

Before we mentally judge any of the many people in various or accused-of-crime news articles, let’s ponder a minute about two things: What is the complete story for this person? There but for the grace of God and Jesus, it could have been me in a similar situation.

Linda Rudnik

Marengo

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