LETTER: Make difference, not an excuse

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

Have you ever really asked yourself what is violence? The dictionary defines it as the exercise or stance of physical force usually effecting or intended to effect injuries, destruction, etc.

Well, the question has been posed: “How can we make Sanford safer?” We need to teach our children by our example what safe looks like and not allow them to get out of control with no boundaries. It is time for parents to stop apologizing for having to uphold some moral standards by any means before releasing their offspring out into this community. It is time for us to stop acting like we don’t have gangs or wannabe thugs in our midst. If we ever expect this city to be safe, we need to put on our listening ears and organize an anti-violence summit where people can honestly be heard without judgment.

You see, our youth are now carrying illegal guns, and nobody is asking where are these firearms coming from. If we expect the city to be safe, we must get involved and stop running from the truth. The truth is that the police can’t do it all by themselves. The acronym P.O.L.I.C.E stands for putting our lives into crime everyday, or should that be people overlooking lives in crisis everywhere with one common goal of being safe?

Now look around and ask yourself, honestly, “What can you do to make a difference and not an excuse?”

William K. Johnson