PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

I am sick of hearing about the “rights” of Level 3 sex offenders at the library in Lowell and elsewhere. As far as I’m concerned, rights are something to be earned by those who behave decently in our society. Those who abuse this privilege have forfeited their rights to a great degree. Don’t little children have the right to visit their library in safety without risk of criminal assault? All sex offenders of any degree should be banned automatically.

Reports by psychiatrists of offenders released because they are “now reformed and not a threat to society” are ridiculous. Level 3 sex offenders do not get that rating for nothing, and often end up reoffending and inflicting unbelievable grief on innocent children and their families.

It’s time we got our priorities straight. We owe nothing to these heinous criminals. Do whatever we must — our children’s rights come first.

BARBARA R. SANDS

Wilmington