Mr. Tanksley, I think getting folks involved in making the community safer is reasonable. [Citizens, please get involved in fighting crime, Viewpoints, April 30]
Yet it seems your letter implies that somehow our so-called lack of involvement explains why crime is bad. Please! I can agree to close and lock my garage door at night, but have you read the papers? I have! I read about a young mother being called “B**ch” and held up in front of her toddler when returning from the grocery store. I see other women being held up with a knife in the middle of the day in the middle of town. I read about groups of kids chasing down our adult men with bricks. I read about visitors dying in other states after they were assaulted in our lovely town.
I will gladly get involved in helping with crime, but I pay big buckos in taxes that support very expensive schools and teachers, and, excuse my assumptions, but a strong police force should be included in the many thousands I pay each year in taxes. As a female who takes the el, I don’t want to have to call a squad car to walk five blocks in the middle of the day. I want to see the squad car already patroling while I’m walking.
Please, Mr. Tanksley, get more involved in fighting crime.