Monday, March 11, 2013
My "baby" brother celebrates a birthday today. He lives in Japan with his wife and son.
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi.
Today I learned that Joel Lee Compton's application for parole was denied. In 1983, he killed Officer Jerry Cline of the Albuquerque Police Department. Jerry's wife was my history teacher and they were both leaders of the Explorer Scout troop that I participated in for two years. When Jerry's killer was convicted, he was originally given a death sentence. Later, an outgoing governor commuted all of the sentences of those men on death row. The governor now says he did not think any of those men would ever come up for parole. What that commutation of sentence means is that, now, every two years, Jerry's widow, family and friends have to try to persuade the parole board that his killer should not be given freedom. It keeps that wound from ever healing. I am in my 50s, Jerry's widow and friends are older than I am and I think it is a cruel twist of fate that they get to spend their last decades continually reliving Jerry's murder and the pain of that trial. The most painful thing for them is that his killer has not expressed any remorse for killing Jerry.
Speaking of pain - day two of migraine. Great way for me to spend my "staycation". I learned today through a coworker who emailed me at home that layoffs have started. About a dozen people were on the list of people leaving the company. Some were already gone on Friday. I know one guy is retiring this Friday, but I suspect most of the rest are layoffs. I know at least 3 are.