Clams worth more than humans?

On Monday I read your front page article about a man teaching inmates to carve totem poles. You stated this man is serving 14 years in prison for clam poaching. I realize he also did time for a previous crime, but he served that time and was released.

On Wednesday I read an article about a man with a long criminal history who hit a woman, killed her, and fled the scene. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Since when does clam poaching deserve more than three times the incarceration time than a hit and run and taking a human life? I believe our “justice” system is warped and so are the people who decide these sentences. When a human life is worth less than a clam I think it’s time to re-vamp our entire system and the people who make these decisions. I realize each case is different and each judge has their own discretion but this is just plain stupid!

On a taxpayer level I resent paying taxes to keep a clam poacher in prison for 14 years! This is just another attempt at getting more federal money for this state to build more prisons and keep more jobs in Olympia.

Robyn Nordsven


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