I read news articles telling of the 2 and 1/2-year sentence prison sentence for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.; the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Senior.

While it is fitting that Jesse Jackson, Junior, and his wife Sandi Jackson will "do time" in prison — I believe it is entirely too light a sentence for actual crimes. For the judge to sentence Mr. Jackson to 30 months (two and a half years) and his wife to 12 months seems like a "slap on the wrist" compared to the inverse and perverse sentence given to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich who is serving a harsh 14 year  sentence.

Blago merely boasted, bragged and was foolish-enough to get caught on audio tape; yet his hands never actually pilfered a red cent. His foul mouth and daydreaming of gaining political appointments to office never materialized. It was all blowing smoke that evaporated with absolutely no gain to Blago — only ridicule.

Blagojevich was smart at some things; but totally clueless and inept at other things. I like his personality; but he was a dumb-criminal and was a "little fish" in the oceans of criminal behaviorists.

By contrast, Jesse Jackson, junior, is a "King Fish" in playing his criminal game of poker. Jackson junior actually spent $750,000 of campaign money on personal items such as a fancy Rolex wristwatch priced at $43,000; and $15,000 worth of new kitchen-appliances. Again, by contrast: Blago didn't even get his hand inside the "cookie-jar"; yet he was rapped with a stiff prison term in Colorado. It took two trials to convict Blagojevich and only on counts that are analogous his braggadocio VERBAL desires to open the cookie-jar of political tradeoffs and corrupt rewards. In my opinion: Both of the Jacksons (him and her) should have received a 20 year sentence; and Blagojevich should have received a 30-day sentence (at best). Blago simply worked his mouth and was fumbling-around and never actually opened the cookie-jar.

Blago dreamed of milking the system. The Jackson's (both) actually milked the political cash-cow. The Jackson's wormed their hands into the pockets of donors' campaign money. It is simply inverse and perverse justice. Personally, I hope Rod Blagojevich succeeds in appealing his conviction. I only wish the Jacksons would serve a more lengthy penalty for their actual crimes.

— James A. Marples, Esbon.