Thursday, February 01, 2007

Even by Youngstown standards

A great op-ed in today's Tribune-Chronicle really gets at the heart of what's wrong with so many in this city: they are apathetic towards crime. The recent murders of four individuals brought the comment from Mayor Jay Williams that the crime was ‘‘shocking, even by Youngstown standards.’’ That implies even at the highest level of city government that that crime is expected and accepted. Why it takes the execution-style murder of four people for the police to beef up patrols is beyond me. Youngstown has been near the top of the Most Dangerous Cities list for a long time. The Trib believes the time has come to change the assumptions about Youngstown, and we should too.

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