WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Despite Mayor Williams' promises of a further crackdown, shootings continue...

Pity Mayor Williams. Pity some of Wilmington's neighborhoods.

Despite the Mayor's promises of a further crackdown - to tighten the noose around specific places in the city - the shootings go on. Just summer in the city.

The latest: Four individuals (three of them, girls) shot during a fight around Second and Franklin. (You know things are bad when a Philly TV station is leading with shootings in Wilmington.)

Some one hundred people reportedly were hanging out around the scene when police arrived.

Posted at 7:19am on August 12, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 9:29am
Yep, Wilmington seems to want to replace Chester or Camden as the places to avoid.

Past time for the Mayor and City Council plus the County to join forces in a joint effort to eradicate the crime in the area. So maybe Wilmington doesn't have the same resources as NYC, so you do "Wilmingtonize" version of the Giuliani Plan. But bottom line: We take back the streets of NCC including Wilmington. Let these thugs relocate to Chester, Camden, or Philly.

The bottom line should be you will obey the law or you'll pay the price.

Speaking of price and crime. A new topic in the same vein.

Tickets, fines, penalties, etc., should be income-based, not some flat fee, as is the case today. For many of us, a $50.00 fine hurts, but to someone who lives in Hockessin or Greenville, that's chump change. By the fine being income-based, the penalty can be set so the wealthier violators can feel the same pain you and I do. So if Rush, Oprah, or VP Biden get stopped on I-95 for speeding, the price of the ticket is the same percentage of income as it is for you and me; thus, they feel the same pain in their wallet as we do, rather than it being chump change and simply an annoyance.

Celebrities do whatever they want. Because of their wealth and fame, they get treated very differently than you or I would for the same offense. Funny how just 100 years ago, maybe 125, but still, it hasn't been that long ago that it wasn't considered a honest, honorable profession - acting and performers. Today they are many people's "gods". Shows how much our society has completely reversed its standards and values.

Just as with businesses too, the fine for violating a law should be stiff enough. Say the refinery in Del City, the penalty for some leak emission should be 1/3 higher in cost than it would cost the refinery to make the needed repair, so that it would then actually be less expensive for them to fix the problem rather than ignoring it and simply pay the fine as a price of doing business.

This is how you get folks to obey the laws, be they the little guy, the wealthy guy, or the corporate guy. Hit them in the wallet hard enough and they'll obey.

Mon, Aug 12, 2013 10:23am
Still violence is tracking downward from last year. Something is working. It could be something unrelated like the economy, or more people informing the police, I don't yet know.

Obviously it isn't be perfect. but the trend is a positive one and we should all say prayers of thanks over that small piece of good news.

Mon, Aug 12, 2013 8:36pm
I shall look forward to returning to Chester next month to deliver pizza. I've had a great summer off.

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 1:10am
A good campaign slogan would be:

"Let Chester fester,
Rich People need benefits too."

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 2:11am
I'm not sure what Chester has to do with rich people. I'm rich in many ways, but not in the ways you're speaking of.

I think Media is a bit more upper class, and also part of my territory.

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 3:08am
Pizza, it sort of means the opposite. It means screw Chester, and give all the money to rich people elsewhere. It was supposed to be a Republican Campaign slogan.

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 6:52am
Actually, it's the Democrats screwing Chester - and all the rest of the country, too.

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