Kudos to The Post and Courier for winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. This is a “big deal” in the world of journalism and one that put our local newspaper in the heady company of the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, who also were finalists in the category of public service reporting.

In some ways, it was unfortunate that the series ever had to be written, but it was nonetheless enormously effective in exposing — in what the Pulitzer Prize committee called “riveting” — the scourge of domestic violence that plagues our state. So, congratulations to The Post and Courier and especially Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes, and Natalie Caula Hauff for their award-winning research and reporting that produced “Till Death Do Us Part.”

Now, of course, the crowning achievement for this outstanding series would be for our state legislators to produce an equally remarkable set of laws that would discourage and prevent potential abusers from committing domestic violence. Swift and effective punishment as well as the denial of guns to these offenders would be the right steps for our legislators to take.

Let’s encourage them to move in this direction so that our paper is not forced to produce “Till Death Do Us Part, Part II”.

GEORGE MATTHEWS, Ph.D.

Linksland Road

Mount Pleasant