Will Diabetes Bring Papa Pilgrim
By Julie Smithson
October 01, 2005
With the onset of winter
in the Land of the Midnight Sun, fugitive and diabetic Robert
Allen Hale may soon experience a different form of justice than
that awaiting him in a courtroom.
Papa Pilgrim stands accused of heinous crimes against his own
flesh and blood. His firstborn suffered mightily at his hands;
his entire circle of friends and family suffer secondarily.
Rather than face justice, Mr. Hale has chosen to run from it.
The catch is, his insulin-dependency may make him pay the ultimate
price. Without insulin, Hale faces death from diabetes.
As one of the many that rallied round this family three years
ago when they first faced the National Park Service policy toward
inholders (owners of private land that have become surrounded
by federal land through massive expansion of federal land ownership),
I am dismayed by the actions of this once-revered family patriarch.
I am not alone.
If Hale is brought to justice in a courtroom, his victim and
her family will have to endure tortuous testimony and grilling.
If he is brought to justice by diabetes, his victim and her family
will know another kind of loss.
Julie Kay Smithson
London, Ohio - USA
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