CityGuy, i did not mean to lecture and I don't think I dismissed what you said, I actually agree with a lot of what you said about crime in JCMO. So don't assume I don't know what I know. Our city fathers have denied anything is wrong for too many years. Anyone who has had kids go through JCHS knows this.
So my opinion on people need to be educated and vote doesn't do anybody any good. Sorry, but I believe that change is made by people who show up.
And to solve the crime problems it will take laws and money to enforce them.
Good luck with your immediate actions. I hope you are successful.
CityGuy - read carefully. I did not say ANYTHING about the poor guy and he should not be punished. He should be punished and he deserves whatever sentence he is given.
In my theoretical, unrealistic world, I would like to live in a place where we work to prevent problems, not clean up after them. Sorry if I offend.
And on landlords. There are many good ones. They do their checking and they rent to responsible people and take responsibility for their property. And there are others.
Again, look at the make-up of the people who would write those ordinances to crack down on neglected property. If we can't get these elected people to pass a law requiring landlords to take care of their own property, how in the world are we going to get them to be responsible about who they rent to?
Sancho.... good luck on your crusade. I think you have a good one!
He is a great man. He will be missed on the Court.
Well, it's good for raising campaign money. Just look at the sponsor of the bills campaign account.
These "rights" are already covered by our Constitution. This is not about prayer and the free and open practice of religion. It's politics. The Republican General Assembly set the election date for November to get out the vote. Governor Nixon under constitutional authority, set the vote for August.
Supporters, just remember. All religions have an Almight God. It may not be the God that you pray to, but it is their belief. And you are opening the door to public practice of religion that you may think is the Devil himself.
Sancho, sounds like you have an issue with landlords. By the way, the legislature passed and the Gov signed a bill that makes it easier for landlords to kick people out.
And you can force the Legislature to allocate enough funds, it's called elections. Support and work to elect people who will get that done.
Landlords are business people. You can't put a responsibility to protect society on them.
I not a fan of a person who owns a great deal of property in the City. Historic property. And it's not rented because they don't take care of it and someday in the not too distant future, these once beautiful properties are going to be demolished. Why, because the city council won't adopt ordinances governing landlords. And again.... it comes down to elections.
This is a tragic story for the young man, the victim and for all of us. Whatever made Mr. Boyce decide to knock on that door that night was the result of the 25 perceeding years in his life. I would venture to guess there hasn't been a great deal of support from anyone.
Foster care, juvenile dentention and on up the ladder, right here in good old Jeff City. So we can't blame this one one the big cities.
This was not his first run in with law enforcement. JCPD knew him, they knew where to go and ask questions. You can't blame law enforcement. They do the best they can do with the resources they have.
I especially love the comments blaming the landlords. Seriously.
Maybe Mr. Brooks fell through all the cracks. JCPS, foster care, mental health assessments or maybe he was just mean. But I feel safe in saying that most of you can not imagine what his life has been like. Is that justification? Hell no.
But just maybe, if resources had been available to help him get on the right track, he would not have been knocking on that door that night.
Oh yeah..... resources.... that's money. Money from TAXES. Well, we pay enough in taxes. Why should my hard earned money go to help a kid in a bad situation? I would much rather have my money go to incarcerate him for the rest of his life. That's much cheaper.
So as long as we as a society continue to ignore and blame whoever or whatever for all the bad, it's just going to continue. And as long as we continue to complain about government and paying taxes, early intervention is not going to happen. And one day some local kid may show up at your door asking for a ride.
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