LETTER: Let’s make Sanford a safer place to live

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

This is a comment to the March 18 article on the front page. Our community needs and must take a stand against recent homicides. Commissioner [Robert] Reives made a comment about our local law enforcement being our last line of defense. In a way, I agree and disagree at the same time. Law enforcement can only do so much. I believe it starts at home with the parents. Spare the rod spoil the child, as I was always told. 

Correction is the number-one thing children need today. I have watched so many young men and women die in Sanford due to gun homicides. We ... all have to do our part to control our youth. One thing I believe everyone wants to see is tougher laws in our court system.

... Young men commit murder and do seven years, and then [they get] back out on the streets to kill again.

Is seven years a value to put on a human life?

I challenge the leaders of Sanford, the mayor, police, town commissioners and parents to come together to make Sanford a safer place to live.

Reginald Monroe