As a new subscriber to the Wise County Messenger, I am extremely disappointed by Brandon Evans’s story regarding repeat criminal Joey South.
Mr. South’s incarceration is completely of his own doing. I have no sympathy for him or his current wife who chose to marry a man whose “stripes” were evident. He is charged with stolen firearm possession, using stolen credit cards and numerous narcotics violations.
If there is anything evident, it is that this man cannot control his life, the people he associates with or his temptation to steal from honest, hardworking people.
Sure, it’s a shame that his children suffer, but what of the children of his victims? If Mr. South wants to see who is responsible for his family’s suffering, he only has to gaze into the mirror. Indeed, he made bad decisions. He’s a big, dangerous man who can terrorize when he is free and out of control.
Life in jail seems to agree with him. He is clean and able to engage in self-examination with a sober mind. He is an ideal citizen in jail because his life is structured in a way he could not do for himself.
Jails are full of people who make bad decisions. Criminals are jailed to protect the public from repeat offenders like Mr. South. I wish him only well and that he can gain enough self-control to become a productive member of society.
In the meantime, I wish the Messenger would spend more time giving us stories about people who are unfortunate due to no fault of their own. These are people who need a hand up rather than a handout. Especially at Christmas time, we need to hear more about them.
Had Mr. Evans’s story have been about the suffering of Mr. South’s family, I could surely be more sympathetic.