By Letter to the Editor on November 12, 2019.
Re: “More police officers isn’t the solution,” by Seth Anthony, Nov. 5 letter to the editor.
More officers, more courts, more millions down the drain, more “facilities and staff,” a “dedicated crown prosecutor,” bigger prisons. etc., none of it will make a difference.
The mayor or premier could deputize every citizen in this province – arm everyone, provide a bushel of bullets each, batons and a suit of armour, and if the jails remain jamb-packed, producing smarter criminals, and our courts continue to stay and issue sentences with no noticeable deterrent, this city will continue on a trajectory of social failure. Stronger leadership at the municipal level may seem a solution, but I doubt it. The world’s newspapers are crammed full telling of massive social disobedience, obstruction and calamity everywhere.
Those running a shop here called the Supervised Consumption Site created a job for themselves dependent on “clients.” These huggy folks “keeping clients safe and alive” are 100 per cent our dependents – yes, you and I, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer. We’re funding this morbid industry, ensuring it thrives through taxation – taxation you know will never will be enough – that hand never retracts!
The executive director says they’re just “part of the community” – yes, the new community, our new reality! I do not question the fine sales job those folks have done selling this mess. Within the last week the state of Oklahoma, said to have one of the highest incarceration rates in the U.S., commuted the sentences of 450 criminals charged with “low-level drug and property crimes” – another victory for the “new community.”
An activist group in Ontario, recently launched an action in Superior Court, claiming that “the absolute prohibition of sterile injection equipment” in Canada’s prisons is “overboard and grossly disproportionate.”
Sad! Lock the gates, hope the windows hold against the gale(s), cozy up to your insurance agent, don’t miss a payment and keep the phone by your side and on speed dial 911. We’re living the new reality, the “new community.”
The mayor is lost for answers – so am I!
Alvin W. Shier