Letter to the Editor

New stalking laws needed

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dear Editor,

A predator stalks their prey prior to the attack. This applies not only in the animal kingdom, but human nature as well. We must be diligent and cognizant of our surroundings at all times; safety for all. Idaho's current state statute code does not fully protect us pertaining to 'stalking.'

Imagine your wife, daughter, son or grandson has observed (for some time), alleged perpetrators' while your family walks to school, go to work or simply innocently playing at a park. Your family has a physical description of perps, their vehicles and possibly a license plate number. These perps have instilled fear, anxiety and 'situational depression' upon them. Possibly costing you 'out of pocket expenses.'

Since it is not against the law for us to drive down the street, walk on sidewalks, etc. there is nothing you can do. Law enforcements 'hands are tied.' Do you change schools, quit your job or move? NO!

It's time to put pressure on our elected officials to either revise or introduce a new stalking bill. Our officials want your vote-they represent you and your family.

I'm publicly requesting we begin to work together and get the ball rolling, before damage is done! With the support of law enforcement, our judicial system, clergy and behavioral health professionals we can be successful!

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The people's inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Do those words ring a bell with you? They should.

'Hey, you, get off of my cloud.'

—Rolling Stones


Ms. Rhonda Lynne O'Hanley

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