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A Thanksgiving weekend full of violence in Wilmington; bloodshed demanding outside intervention?

I've repeatedly noted on this blog how then-mayoral candidate Dennis Williams kept insisting - ad nauseam - how his leadership would produce a noticeable dent on the city's street violence; how Wilmington would become a very different city. Many of us thought at the time the candidate was promising something he couldn't deliver.

But I don't think many of us could have foreseen the street violence metastasizing, getting significantly worse, during Williams' first year in office.

If one required any further evidence, consider this past Thanksgiving weekend: Three separate shootings, one of them fatal. And one of them occurred far from the epicenter of these shootings, just outside the Chase Center at the Riverfront, admittedly in the early-morning hours. But still, that has to be a major blow, occurring in a part of the city many suburbanites presumably perceive as relatively safe.

Then Sunday night, a stabbing occurred in the more usual haunts, at East 25th and North Market Streets, a block from where that Delaware state trooper was shot and several blocks away from where Kaiheem White was shot to death last week.

One would think the street violence would recede with the colder weather. Ain't happening this year.

Wilmington is now a city in crisis. Time for a security summit. Time for Mayor Williams to plead for help from the outside world. Time for Governor Markell to intervene. Something, anything. The Williams Administration appears to be out of its league.

It now seems like a very distant - and quaint - memory that the City of Wilmington could stage a "First Night" on New Year's Eve (in collaboration with The NEWS-JOURNAL back in the days when Gannett would shell out such cash!) and thousands of Wilmingtonians and suburbanites would mix freely, visiting dozens of venues. "First Night" gradually receded - both in time and scope - then disappeared, and now a very different kind of suffocating night has fallen over Wilmington.

Posted at 7:51am on December 2, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

billsmith
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 8:28am
This post reeks of "Bunkers' Neighbors," Tea Bagger, suburban White working-class hypocrisy. Apparently it was no big deal when violence occurred in The Ghetto. But Allan Loudell is shocked - shocked - when it occurs in a place "suburbanites" might visit. And what is his solution? Have a "summit?" Then maybe appoint a commission or a Czar. Won't change anything but (here is the most blatant hypocrisy of all), it gives media chatterers more grist for their chattering. And that is probably all that matters here. The media are like the rooster who thinks his crowing causes the sun to rise.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 8:43am
Actually, Bill, the violence in the inner-city IS a big deal; I've been blogging about it all year, particularly in view of candidate Williams' promises during the campaign.

And, if the Riverfront area gets a reputation for violence, then a major source of the city's outside revenue suffers. And yes, suburban paranoia and hypocrisy would feed into that. But it wouldn't be just white working- class hypocrisy, as you call it. "Chateau Country" suburbanites would be just as reluctant to come as folks from the 13-40 split, or Bear, or Glasgow, or Middletown.

I share your skepticism about summits, but it's been suggested elsewhere. But a key question: How bad does it have to get before outsiders (i.e., the Governor) step in?

Allan Loudell

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 8:57am
Bet not many suburanites went downtown to see the Christmas Parade as they probably felt safer going to Philly to see their parade. How crazy is that, a city of about 72,000 cannot control its violent crime to the extent that people feel safer going to a city with 2--3 million people over visiting their own tiny city?

As I've said here ad-nauseam that the city and the county need to join forces on this problem and start "Operation Giuliani".

What I'm presenting below is from Guiliani's Blog site. It offers a short description of his basic plan that was called The Broken Window theory. If both Wilmington AND New Castle County did this together in a partnership, we could finally end this travesty of gun violence that's become the city of Wilmington's new name: A place where thugs rule with guns.

"The “Broken Windows” theory of policing first appeared in the March 1982 edition of the Atlantic Monthly in an article by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. In essence, Broken Windows theory states that major crime will be reduced by enforcing laws on minor offenses because, A.) The rigorous enforcement of standard-of-living crimes such as vandalism creates an environment that is hostile to the individuals who are likely to commit more serious crimes, and B.) Individuals who commit smaller offenses are more likely to also commit more serious crimes. According to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, roughly 2 in 13 subway fare-beaters had felony warrants. Enforcement of small offenses like turnstile jumping leads to the capture of serious felons, keeping them off the city streets.

“Broken Windows” policing worked. Felonies in the city’s subway system dropped 75%. One out of every seven turnstile jumpers was found to either possess a weapon or be wanted under a felony warrant.

The other critical benefit of the rigorous enforcement of “Broken Windows” policing is that ridding the city of criminals who perpetrate quality-of-living crimes usually leads to fewer law-abiding citizens fleeing a community.

Mayor Giuliani made “revolutionizing” New York City’s fight against crime his mission. His underlying philosophy: “Broken Windows” policing. His main weapon: a truly revolutionary tactic called Compstat.

Even the New York Times was forced to admit (after criticizing Compstat at its initial implementation while trumpeting competing programs in cities such as San Diego) that “the regular Compstat meetings are probably the most powerful control device ever devised for police.” Compstat’s success led to Harvard bestowing its prestigious “Innovations in Government Award” on the program in 1996.

Compstat’s success has been long-term, which has diffused the main criticism of the program, namely, that crime was already falling nationwide by the time of its implementation. While true on its face, this criticism fails to note that New York City’s crime reduction was three to six times the national average. New York City today remains the United State’s safest big city, while cities like Boston and St. Louis saw homicides increase 67% and 22% in 2001. Chicago had 20 more murders than New York in 2001 despite having 5.1 million fewer inhabitants. And what about that vaunted San Diego crime reduction program? San Diego experienced 16% more crime than New York City in 2001, with its crime rate rising by 3.9 percent while NYC’s fell by 7.6%"

For more details on the Comstat part of Giuliani's program, read the entire article taken from Giuliani's Blog:

http://giulianiblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/rudy-record-crime-reduction.html

The point I'm making is Giuliani's plan worked and worked well. Why do Wilmington's mayors [it's not just the current mayor] avoid trying a tried and proven idea, because they didn't think of it??? Sure let's reinvent the wheel as our city continues to crumble to a vast urban slum.

So once again I call for the mayor and the City Council to pull their collective heads out of the sand and invite the County to join forces with them in enforcing the Broken Window plan utilizing the Comstat program to insure the various police departments are doing their part to enforce the plan through out the city and county. I'd call this "Operation Giuliani".

kavips
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 9:21am
Unfortunately it is a true account, reeking of nothing. I played around with the seeking of help...

I got stuck on.. from whom?

The state would be ill-prepared to accomplish the task. Briefly, let us look at the state's record. Failure to privatize the port; failure to improve education; failure to limit guns; failure to have accountability on the Cash Management Board. Just some. But particularly the failure of this state's education policy, by pushing a grandiose, expensive piece of junk called Common Core, and being so preoccupied with this "big" project, the state actually left no one watching the REACH school for Girls whereas just one person in the Department of Education, if made accountable for Charter progression, could have seen, acted, and prevented the now headlined closing of that school. The young Secretary had his eye on the post-season, and forgot he had to swing at the pitches thrown to him in the regular season in order to get there....

So, the state's involvement would not bode well. If the state bungled street security as well as the state has bungled education across the state, it would not be pretty. Things would get worse directly proportional to the state's involvement.

The Federal government appears even more inept than the state. Who comes in? Homeland security? Do we militarize Market Street? That didn't work well the last time. The F.B.I. has no knowledge of the situation in the streets. Agents woul be acting blind. The C.I.A. ... Well many here think the African contingent of Wilmington is a foreign country, but the C.I.A. driving around in agents' Chevy Chase-registered Porsches and Mercedes would be more blind than the F.B.I. ... What is left, the T.S.A.? Put T.S.A. officers in charge of Market Street?

Personally, I think we should contact the Chinese and ask them if they could extend their sphere-of-influence over here, up and down Market Street from the Brandywine Bridge to Lea Boulevard, and box it from 95 east to the river.

Considering the attention they garnered drawing a line out into the ocean, they seem to be the only power capable of projecting influence, up here in Wilmington.... The problem appears too big for even the Russians.... They are preoccupied with Chechnya blowing up for the Olympics... stirred up now by the Saudis, since Bandar did not get his way on either Syria or Iran. Bandar can't be seen as making only "idle" threats.

No, this intellectual exercise comes around full-circle to it having to be decided only by local control. Wilmington will have to do it... because no one else can.

Mayor Williams will have to attack aggressively, less blowback into microphones, and let his events on the street do the talking....

Simply round up everyone on the streets after 10... take them down to the station... If there was no reason to hold them, only then let them go. Ignore the injunctions, the cries from City Council, ignore them all... Simply grab people off the streets, process them, and send them back out. Even better: Pull over every single car with New York plates after 10 p.m. If your K9 barks, sorry, they're coming down to the station. Is it profiling? Yes. Would it be done without probable cause? Yes. Would it be the equivalent of a police state? Yes. Would it create a safer environment? Yes. Would the criminals go elsewhere? They would leave when it became too costly to stay.

Right now, blowing into a microphone every Tuesday is costing criminal activity nothing. Why should they leave? They probably don't even listen to WDEL.

Here is the caveat. Things are deteriorating. We will have to perform that action at some future point. The longer it goes, the worse it will get. We will have to pull people off the streets without probable cause or trumped-up ones.. The question Mr. Williams needs to face upon looking hard in the mirror, is whether he wants to go out as a one-term mayor, humiliated as an incompetent fool by his successor who will perform these actions, laughed at behind his back whenever he shows up in public, solely because he lacks the will to do what Williams himself said was needed, a will his successor had...

Since this action will take place regardless, Williams needs to decide if he wants to be the hero, or the prawn...

Mike
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 9:30am
Allan, where is Christine Dunning in all of this? Is she anything more than a figurehead? I'd like to hear if the chief of police has any input or ideas, or if she is nothing more than a puppet promoted by Dennis Williams so he can still play top cop.

Arthur
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 9:54am
"The candidate was promising something he couldn't deliver.." What else can politicians say? Remember Markell's book for a better Delaware? That got lost real quick. And remember Williams didn't even know the city's annual budget when he was elected? That's like interviewing for the president of a company, and not knowing what that company makes.

"...when it occurs in a place "suburbanites" might visit..." Market Street is a ghost town after dark. Trolley Square draws bar patrons (which angers residents) so the Riverfront, with the hundreds of millions invested, represents the city's ONLY source of tourism. Imagine if violence migrates there? The city would have no outside dollars coming in.

Without really pushing all aspects of patroling and justice, nothing will change. Most of the criminals are multi-repeat offenders. Either build a fence around the most troubled sections, evacuate the elderly and kids, and lock the gates, then go in and clean up the bodies a couple weeks later, or after each arrest, the criminal is shipped out to some remote work-camp where he would spend 10 years.

kavips
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 1:34pm
Arthur... Although your statement has appeal, it is fanciful, something that could occur only on a DreamWorks Studio lot.

Mike. Christine is beside herself. Her specialty is community policing. As anyone coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan well knows, that does not work in a war zone. Obviously we need to step up and take harsher action. Carrots work well, until we eat too many of them; then we barf. We are at the point where our leadership is pandering to far too many people; it can't move its feet in the direction it needs to go... The problem with doing interviews, is that even if you cut back and only do ten 45-minute interviews, you've spent 450 minutes or 7-and-a-half hours not working on your big problem...

Stop talking to the public. Lock everyone up.... It's worked in every totalitarian society known to man... As soon as one stops coddling criminals, the streets would immediately become safer. Rights only apply to law-abiding citizens. If you are loitering or jaywalking, you broke the law, and now we're throwing you into a holding cell, just until we can process you. Sorry, it might take some time. We have other people loitering and jaywalking we have to pick up first....

We do D.U.I. checkpoints. The legality of such checkpoints has stood. Why not squeeze North Concord Pike up the hill to 95, to one lane, with each car being sniffed by drug dogs... You can go, you can go, you can go, you... pull over here!...

Why has this simple thing not been tried already? One could only guess that this administration lacks the drive of a pit bull, and is better characterized by coiffured felines instead.

billsmith
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 5:54pm
"But a key question: How bad does it have to get before outsiders (i.e., the Governor) step in?" When a problem gets bad enough, even tea baggers will look to the gummit to do something about it. Ironic.

Speaking of parades: CBS traditionally does pick-ups from four major parades. Three of the four department stores that started those parades are gone (and three of four big downtown stores where Santa used to go at the end of the parade are gone, too). Related to urban crime is the end of the traditional central business district in all but a few cities.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 6:14pm
Frankly, Mr. Smith, I don't think tea-baggers - as you call them - care a whit about America's central cities, and would probably object to spending state taxpayers' dollars to offer additional police protection in the city of Wilmington, for example.

I can't speak for some of the folks on this blog who express Tea Party sentiments, but I can just about guarantee you Sussex County's ultraconservatives would feel that way!

But I agree with your point: If tornadoes ravage ultraconservative areas of the Sunbelt, folks have no compunction about seeking aid from "gummit". Of course, they would consider themselves "innocent" victims in contrast to victims in the central city suffering from poverty, malnutrition, street violence, etc.





mrpizza
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm
We live in a godless world, and as long as mankind continues to stick his middle finger up at God, the violence will only get worse. No, I'm not saying it's God's judgment, but it is the removal of His protection. Man has opened the door to the enemy. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places." - Ephesians 6:12

kavips
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 1:39am
Mr. Pizza. Back when every American worshiped God, they were still killed by Indians. You seem to be a little selective in your history?

With your logic, God would have kept Nicholas Alexander on the throne, and stfu'd Lenin...

Go back to the basics. You seem to have a flaw in your scenario.... Anyways, who says this is a godless world? More Americans believe in God than ever before!...

The problem exists with the violence in Wilmington because the wrong policies are in effect. Perhaps a prayer that the right policies outlined above become effective in short order, could help that quickly become reality....

billsmith
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 5:37am
Allan Loudell: As I posted recently, Obama calls them "tea baggers." Actually, I call them something else, which out of consideration for you, I will not repeat here. And I observe they not only don't care about cities; they don't care about anyone or anything but themselves.

Pizza: I raise my middle finger to tea baggers and self-righteous hypocrites, and to their warped concept of a god, which I doubt has any resemblance to the actual nature of any higher power. You all do create a god - at least a god fantasy - for yourselves in your own image. Jesus repeatedly denounced such people in his day.

Kavips: You're right. Add to your list violence on the streets of Tombstone and Dodge, and Victorian London. More people in this country may believe in "god" (a term subject to endless interpretations and definitions), but there are a lot more people today. The percentage is way down. And in those countries with "established churches," hardly anybody pays much attention to (tax-supported) religion. Instead of getting on their high-horse about people turning away from "god," maybe the fundamentalists should look at how they turn people off and why people find their "god-concepts" so distasteful.

Prayer? For what? Christian doctrine says people have free will. So, "god" can't make people not shoot each other. Besides, "god" knows about the violence. It sees everything, right? So, as Jesus pointed out, it doesn't need prayers to tell it.

Meanwhile, these same tea-baggers/fundamentalists don't want anybody to have to go without guns.


EarlGrey
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 8:10am
Mr. Loudell:

I can't speak for all who believe in the "Tea Party sentiment" but can express what I, as a Tea Party supporter, think needs to be done to help the city of Wilmington (and inner-cities around the country).

Wilmington needs to increase its police presence with more "good cops" and apply the same techniques Guilliani used to clean up NYC. The current police in Wilmington are overworked and underpaid to compete against the drug-related crime going on in Wilmington now...didn't they just find a loaded (AND ILLEGALLY OWNED) AK-47 recently on a street corner where some "innocent youths" were hanging out?

Severely/aggressively prosecute those who illegally possess these ILLEGAL firearms and the streets of Wilmington will begin to become safer places... and Wilmington just may be able to woo people back into the city for events and shopping again. No one is going into the city if they don't feel safe.

Our inner cities around the country are getting far more violent and yes, police are needed, but so too are good teachers (to give these kids a future), good parents (to guide/love these kids) and churches to care for/about their souls and their well-being. This latest generation of youth no longer respects nor fears GOD... previous generations were brought to church with at least one relative (usually an older aunt or grandparent) and they learned about God/Jesus in Sunday School... but those relatives have passed, and with them, God has been removed from the houses/lives of our youth. BTW, this is true for both the inner-cities and the 'burbs...

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 8:31am
Billsmith said: "Speaking of parades: CBS traditionally does pick-ups from four major parades. Three of the four department stores that started those parades are gone (and three of four big downtown stores where Santa used to go at the end of the parade are gone, too). Related to urban crime is the end of the traditional central business district in all but a few cities."

I totally agree. Crime in all our major cities and our smaller cities [Wilmington and Chester, etc.] is what is destroying those places. We read about how the minority community laments that businesses don't want to open in THEIR neighborhoods and claim it's racism. I truly do not believe that's the reason in today's world. I've even read where wealthy minorities are bashed by the poor minorities, because they won't live or spend time in the "old neighborhood" and have forgotten their roots. No, those folks worked their butts off, either by studying hard in school and getting a good job so they could move away and live a better life, or they had special athletic or musical talent, etc., that gave them the opportunity to get out of that slum. Why would they want to go back there to live? The same reason a businessperson doesn't want to open a business there.

If I were a businessman who wanted to open a business somewhere, I'd not pick a inner-city slum neighborhood either. It has nothing to do with race, but more to do with attitudes and lack of pride in those communities.

People who use their streets and yards as their personal garabage can [littering] have no pride in themselves or their neighborhood. They use the excuse of being poor as the reason. I grew up in the Wilmington area, and remember "Browntown", the Polish part of Wilmington. Those folks weren't wealthy, but working-class folks, yet those folks kept their homes spotlessly clean, both inside and out. Even the granite and concrete steps as well as their sidewalks and curbs were so clean [think Disneyworld clean] you could eat off them. Those folks had pride in their neighborhood.

Crime was low in that part of Wilmington [it was also low in many other parts of the city, again because those folks also had pride in their neighborhoods]. Those folks would help each other; they'd watch out for each other, etc.; they were true neighbors. They didn't wait for city hall or the government to make their neighborhood nice; THEY themselves made it nice. THAT's a major difference in attitude.

Until this changes and those neighborhoods stop allowing their part of the city to be "the Hood", and start taking pride in their part of the city it will never be totally right in those neighborhoods. Those folks need to care enough about where they live and take back their neighborhoods. That's the entire idea of the Broken Window theory and Operation Giuliani. If that means cooperating with police by being their eyes [think neighborhood watch] then that's what they need to do. Quit reliving all the bad past. Some like to be professional victims and never move past whatever happened bad and that baggage can become their "handicap" and keep them from moving forward. Their only hope in getting that violence out of their neighborhoods IS the police, so in spite of whatever bad past they've had with cops, they need to work with the cops. The police can only do so much; they need folks who live there to be their eyes and ears so they, as police, can risk their lives to help the good decent folks get the violence out of their neighborhoods.

Until that happens, where the people there have pride, no longer tolerate lawlessness, and decide they've got to move away from the bad past and work with law enforcement, crime will continue and very few businesses will open there.


billsmith
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 9:22am
MikeFromDelaware: I have re-read your post several times. Some part of me wants to agree. But something about the post troubles me, too. I read Orlando Wilson's Atlantic article years ago and it made a lot of sense. I remember riding on US-40 (pre I-95) down to Bal'mer and coming out of the tunnel and being fascinated by those geometrically perfect rows of marble steps that row house owners cleaned regularly - sometimes daily. I understand Bon Ami was preferred. Thinking about it now, it seems a bit much. It sounds more like competition among biddies than "pride." Me, I have no interest in eating off my stoop. I have neighbors who spend endless hours making lawns look like golf greens and gardens look like floral displays - and they sometimes rag on those of us who have better things to do with our time. Just because I don't scrub my stoop every day, doesn't mean I'm out mugging people at the ATM.

Your people probably lived in reduced surroundings when they first came to this country. Mine did. They wanted a better life for their kids and those kids got it and moved to better neighborhoods, with all the other "strivers." Migration acts like natural selection. The "fittest" move on. So who is left in ghetto neighborhoods?

It troubles me that you want to jump to the conclusion that if people live in poor circumstances (i.e., the ghetto) it's their own damn fault and due to some flaw in their character (i.e., lack of pride). I'm a little surprised that you call for pride since it is one of Christianity's seven deadly sins. But whatever quality it is that promotes personal achievement is learned and it's learned early. That's why Jews and Asians have it disproportionately. Who is going to teach ghetto kids? Not ghetto parents.

It also troubles me that you seem to be saying that people who come from a background of disadvantage and discrimination should just get over it.

PS: It wasn't crime that closed the big downtown department stores. It was cars. The car companies eviscerated mass transit (this region is better off than most, but nowhere close to what it once had). People weren't able conveniently to take a street-car downtown to shop (and then have their parcels delivered) any more. Downtown stores had everything - except enough parking. Land in the 'burbs was relatively cheap, so department stores built branches with big parking lots (ironically, in this area many of those branch department stores are now abandoned). The branch stores were much smaller and didn't have everything - except parking. As storefronts boarded up downtown and fewer people were on the streets downtown, crime increased. Fewer people means more street crime. And as "carriage trade" retailers moved out, bottom-feeder businesses moved, and lower-class customers who patronize them. Yes, street crime correlates with social class. As the song says, upper-class people will rob you, but not with a pistol, but with a fountain pen.

This is a violent country. It has a history of violence and glorifies violence. TV is filled with violent acts but all the "moral majority" type groups worry about remotely is sexual content. In Europe, you can see boobs on TV but not the kind of routine and gratuitous violence that fills U.S. TV. And the U.S. leads the world in the proportion of its population imprisoned - and those prisons are universities for violent crime.


Mike from Delaware
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 10:52am
Billsmith: Good points. Yes, I used a hyper example to match the hyper opposite. I don't know if it was competition between the "biddies", but yes it seems looking back to be a bit excessive. The point was, too many in "ghetto communities" take no pride [not the sinful type, but just normal wanting to take care of what God provided for you as an expression of gratitude, etc, vs being a total slob who cares for nothing and is a destroyer rather than a preserver of things, being a good steward, etc.

I'm with you on the lawn thing, I keep a nice lawn, but am not interested in having my yard appear on the cover of Better Homes and Garden. I'd rather do other things than kill my weekend messing with the yard, so I totally agree with your point.

Yes my family lived in some of those very poor neighborhoods, and as you said, were strivers and moved on. But my grandparents often said they were never too poor to keep their place clean and neat. That's what I'm talking about. Soap and water, with elbow grease is pretty cheap. Not throwing your trash on the ground doesn't take a Rhodes scholar to understand, etc.

You said, "But whatever quality it is that promotes personal achievement is learned and it's learned early. That's why Jews and Asians have it disproportionately. Who is going to teach ghetto kids? Not ghetto parents."

Problem is if others try to teach those ghetto kids that sort of thing, and the kid starts acting that way, like doing well in school, the kid is accused of "acting white".

I didn't mean those folks should NOT remember their past, but that's all they ever seem to carp about, and we can not do anything about history it is what it is no matter how bad it was, we can change today and tomorrow. Others might be more willing to help their communities if they saw some effort on the part of the citizens in those areas taking action to make things better. If they don't care, why should someone who doesn't live there care? In fact it appears that we all might care more than they do.

How you change all that I have no idea, but given the fact the violent crime is spreading wider and wider, it seems that its time to do something that proved itself to work, the Giuliani plan, because for way too many years, Wilmington has been becoming less and less of place to want to call home, and the people running the city don't seem to know how to stop the problem.


mrpizza
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 7:36pm
Once again, both Kavips and Bill scoff at any reference to God or the lack thereof, proving that they are actually part of the problem.

kavips
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 5:13am
No, Pizza. The problem is conservatives. Pointing to God while you continue electing incompetent people, misguided people, selfish people, insane people, ugly people, stupid people to office... is exactly what caused the problem.

Accept some responsibility... will you? If you ever voted for a Republican anytime after 2000, you are part of the problem. The obvious solution is to banish them completely from power in 2014....

Accept some responsibility... will you? Quit blaming God for the plank in your own eye....

kavips
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 5:18am
But that said... back to the topic, there is a consensus among every single contributor on this blog, that Draconian steps need to be taken now...

Only one councilman, Mike Brown, begs to differ, and if Dennis acts now, Mike Brown will be a laughing stock each and every time he steps out of his house to drive to work....

It is rare when all parties on this blog agree on any single issue. That is a miracle in itself. It is also a divine sign as to the direction Dennis needs to go, starting now. I'm sure every preacher in town will echo that sentiment....

Only Mike Brown stands in the way.

EarlGrey
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 8:56am
The problem is conservatives. Pointing to God while you continue electing incompetent people, misguided people, selfish people, insane people, ugly people, stupid people to office... is exactly what caused the problem.

Dude, remove the "rose colored glasses" that make all Democrats look angelic and wake up...it's both sides who fill that list you posted above.

Vote out all the corrupt/stupid from office and we would probably be left with about 12 people ;)

And, I'm not sure that I would say I'm in favor of "draconian" steps in Wilmington but do believe that (1)those found in possession of ILLEGAL weapons should have the "book" thrown at them and PROSECUTE/CONVICT the guilty (no more plea downs for possession), (2)prosecute/convict those involved in armed robberies and (3)more police officers are needed on the streets to "fix" many of the existing problems in Wilmington.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 3:20pm
EarlGrey: Well said, both parties are to blame. Both DEMS and G.O.P./TEA have incompetent people, misguided people, selfish people, insane people, ugly people, and stupid people representing them.

I also agree with your immediate first step in stopping the gun violence in Wilmington. If the city would do just those three things, that should make a big difference.

EarlGrey
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 4:43pm
Thanks Mike.

I doubt the politicians will follow "common sense" suggestions like the ones I have offered.

I also think that if Chicago did those three simple things Chicago would completely transform the violent-crime rates there as well...they have one of the lowest rates of actual prosecutions for armed robberies/violence and possession of illegal weapons...yet they have some of the strictest gun laws. The law-abiding citizens pay for the idiocy of politicians decisions.

mrpizza
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 7:17pm
Kavips: You keep forgetting - conservatives aren't in power. Liberal Democrats are in power. You can't blame those who have no control over the situation. All we conservatives can do for the time being is to blow the whistle. It's up to you guys to do something about whatever it is.

EarlGrey
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 9:24am
Good point mrpizza..the Progressives are in control, not the Conservatives.

This president is responsible for these problems even more than previous leaders simply because of the fact he is abusing his Executive power (dictator) and using the Fourth branch of Government (Large government agencies that create burdensome regulations) to push his policies and punish any who dare point out the emperor's "attire".

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/12/04/turley_obamas_become_the_very_danger_the_constitution_was_designed_to_avoid.html


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