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September 19, 2007


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Michael Basford

Once again, you lay out this issue in a very clear manner that recognizes the challenges the community faces and the way out for those challenges. If you listen very carefully, you can hear the sound of it falling on deaf ears.


A question posed in the 60's/70's in the United States, and in France, 1770, prior to the overthrow of the Kings empireā€¦ Is crime an early form of revolution, a pre-political form of rebellion , or is crime a form of social control?


Just adding police doesn't solve it. Nor does a stack of do-gooder programs.

Change has to come from within -- person by person, house by house, block by block.

All the police do is react to what was presented to them. It's up to the community to clean up its act.


Thanks for laying this out in a clear, concise manner. I, too, am afraid it will only fall on mostly deaf ears.

I used to drive for Women's Transit Authority (before well-meaning incompetents drove it into the ground) and regularly got an ear-full from low income working women about the problems they and their communities faced. It was clear that just extra police or just more housing alone weren't going to help solve the problems. Plus, Section 8 was continually trying to place these women and their children in neighborhoods where they didn't feel safe.

In addition to better policing and better housing options, there needs to be a lot of work done to improve public education, extracurricular and employment opportunities in those areas most in need. Bandaids for these issues are all well and good, but they shouldn't come at the cost of failing to tackle long term solutions.

Dan Sebald

Emily, sounds like you could be helpful at city committee and common council meetings to identify solutions.


Dan - assuming you're being sincere, that's not a bad idea. If I were a better person, I would have been going already. Maybe I'll find the time, commitment (and the ego) to make it to one yet.

Dan Sebald

I'm sincere Emily. Any day is a good day to be a better person.

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