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March 11

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11

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.
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  • RKJONES1953
    I was reminded of the AA message about knowing what I can change and accept that which I can not change. I am glad that my family has not experienced injustice regarding a family killing. Currently my school district is doing layoffs and furlough days. Its stressful watching co-workers loose their jobs and having the remote fear that you may be next.

    Individuals that have not experienced a true migrane have no idea as to how much you suffer. I'll say a prayer
    1899 days ago
    Sad blog. So much pain in your writing. Sorry spark friend that you are going through all this with your migraine, lay offs and your heart bleeding for your history teacher's situation.

    hope tomorrow is brighter for you.

    hugs, Anne
    1900 days ago
    Why a police killer would ever get out boggles my mind. My thought and hope is that the parole board has enough sense to not let him out. It is a re-mouning period his family has to go through each time. Makes me furious. Sorry to hear of your migraines when you are supposed be having fun and relaxing. Happy b-day to your brother and many more.
    1900 days ago
  • _LINDA
    For shame on that governor commuting a police killer's sentence, should never happen -there needs to be a strong deterrent for harming those who put their lives on the line for the public. Just unreal he is up for parole. It is very sad the family has to keep attending these hearings :((
    So very sorry you are suffering a migraine -can you take nothing to ease it up or shorten it at all? Was it brought on by the stress of worrying about all these layoffs coming up?
    I am assuming you don't have anything to worry about..
    Feel better soon..
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    1900 days ago
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