Reading today's newspaper, I learned that one of the two recently recognized Umatilla County "jailhouse artists" was just arrested on warrants, possession of controlled substance, burglary, a restraining order violation and motor vehicle elude - the second within a year.

During the first elude, he sped from Oregon into Washington then back where he struck two police officers with his car as they tried to pull him from it. Related charges were later dismissed.

During his recent eluding attempt, he allegedly drove his car through Umatilla at speeds over a 100 mph without headlights and escaped into Washington.

If our gentleman artist is able to so creatively express himself with brush and paint, which seems to make some people feel good about themselves and life, maybe an extended stay in jail could be arranged for his most recent crimes.

In addition, with our offender having distinguished himself as an aficionado of felonious fine art, perhaps we should reciprocate by determining that punishment should no longer be an element of the correction system and motivation to disparage criminal recidivism.

This should make the public and police feel much safer.

Gary Knight


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