I feel I had to respond to Donna Bristol's misleading letter in Monday's Herald. The problem I see in the Zimmerman-Martin case is the "stand your ground" law and how it has changed life in America. Now, the person surviving an incident gets to control the narrative.
What if you were walking home from the store after sundown and after a while, you notice someone following you in a vehicle? How would you feel? After following you for some time, the person gets out of his car (against police advice, but you don't know that) and confronts you. He has a gun. What would you do?
Would you run? Would you try and fight? The sad truth is that Trayvon had just as much right to "stand your ground" as Zimmerman (who, by the way, does not have a clean record either). If Trayvon had survived and Zimmerman died, would he have had the same generous treatment offered to Zimmerman?
Just food for thought.
KIRSTEN CRIPPEN, Kennewick