By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Twins baseball was a lot of fun tonight. It was my second or third time in the new Target Field stadium and my wife’s first. We had tried to attend a game earlier in the year with friends, but it rained. While they still played that game, it was a downpour and we had decided not to stay. Thankfully the ball club offered to redeem our tickets for tonight’s game and we got a chance to come and see my beloved team play, and OMG they won! Tonight was one of the happiest of my life as we watched the Twins blow out the White Sox 11-3.
The nights have not been so happy for one Minnesota family, who sadly have endured 27 years of anguish and misery. This week state police have announced that the body of kidnapped boy Jacob Wetterling was found. His family must feel a mix of anguish and relief after this long nightmare has ended. Tonight, the Twins ball club made the decision to hold a moment of silence for the deceased boy and his family before the start of the game. It was classy, dignified, and solemn.
Of course nothing we can do singularly or in a group to assuage the pain of the Wetterling family. We can try, and we must, but in the end there is nothing. We must hold them in our thoughts and prayers, even as we express our collective outrage for the evil man who robbed his family of the life of a young boy.
I have a suggestion as to what the government should do with the suspect of this crime, once he is convicted. I think there should be a lottery, supervised by the very same people who operate the Minnesota State Lottery. Instead of one winner with a large cash payout, there should be 50 winners chosen. No cash award. Only an opportunity. An opportunity to stand in a line all at once, all fifty winners and take their turn demonstrating our collective outrage at this man for what he’s done with a single punch, kick, or elbow strike to the suspect’s head, torso and groin, one per person. That would be justice. If that doesn’t kill the man, (I use the term loosely, because he’s not a man, more of an animal) then there should be another lottery for a ten person firing squad. That should end the ordeal. That would be justice.
The proceeds for this lotto should be offered to the families to help them through their grief and to aid with programs to prevent the abduction and abuse of young children. I think given the circumstances, every Minnesotan would buy a ticket to support such a worthy cause.
Of course that won’t happen, but if it would be nice if it could happen. Many Minnesotans would agree I think that something like that should be done, in order for there to be retribution, but our politicians sadly don’t have the stomach for it. Instead we’ll just have to wait and see the slow wheels of justice take their course. I don’t want to see another interview with a killer on Netflix. I just want this man to die.
It’s hard to fathom all that this family has lost, what this little boy has lost. His whole life is gone, every experience he was privileged to take a part in, what all of us take part in: taking in a ball game, a band concert, reading books and traveling; falling in love and growing up, all of that is gone. It’s gone not only for this boy, but for his family as well who would have shared his life and enjoyed it with him, had he lived. It is such a shame. We are all so heartbroken for this child that no words can express how we feel, and there are no words or gestures sufficient to take away the pain. All we can say is, we’re sorry. So very sorry, for your loss.