Re: Colleen Cason’s March 16 column, “Trying to make sense out of senseless death”:
Cason’s column left me trying to make sense of her “Cason point.”
I do not see the point. Is she lamenting the fact that a convicted drug dealer, who could not keep the terms of his parole and was sent back to prison, slipped into a coma and died?
Daniel Provencio is dead. That is a tragedy for his family, no doubt. But the man was not on the road to rehabilitation.
She states he “never got the chance to turn things around.” No. He was given every chance. He chose his fate. He chose to sell drugs. He chose to be in a bar instead of at home with his family on Father’s Day. He chose to drink, and he chose to drive. This was not a series of unfortunate events. This was sociopathic, self-destructive behavior that ultimately led to his demise.
Then Cason tries to draw a parallel with Brian Nichols, the alleged murderer in Atlanta who gave himself up after his kidnapped victim gave him her Christian testimony. That was non sequitur.
How many times in Provencio’s 28 years did he have a chance to live like the man he should have been? Every day!
Every day we all have the chance to stop “the insanity,” as Cason puts it, and live as a productive part of society.
There are men and women who are very righteous people. Many are Christians. Many are not. But they all understand the difference between right and wrong. They all make a choice every single day to do good or to do evil.
Cason’s column would be better served finding those who overcome the obstacles.
In the end, the only senseless thing I could find was Cason’s column.
— Tim Robbins, Thousand Oaks