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Editorial: Getting to the root of local crime




Two fatal shootings in Columbus in April and May have served as a wake-up call to the city, with citizens organizing meeting and rallies to curb crime and violence. 


Last week, a leadership group led by Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks held a meeting to draw volunteers to work on an anti-crime committee. A Stop the Violence Youth Summit, set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Lee Middle School, will draw high schoolers from the area to a panel including city leaders, pastors, teachers and police. 


And a violence prevention rally, sponsored by the Columbus chapter of the National Action Network, will be held from 1-8 p.m. June 26 in Propst Park. 


The meetings come after Quentin Spencer, 20, was shot to death at the Everyday Club and Lounge on Seventh Avenue North on April 20. Justin Murry, 22, was shot to death in a Schoolhouse Avenue home May 17. 


We believe community meetings drawing attention to problems and proposing solutions are a good thing, and the more community involvement these meetings can generate, the better.  


However, crime -- violent or otherwise -- won''t be solved by awareness alone. The ability to know right from wrong, and follow the law, begins at home. The real way to curb crime, large and small, is for parents to take an active, nurturing role in their children''s lives. 


One effective, engaged parent is as valuable than any committee or another cop on the street -- if not more so. 








How to Go



  • Stop the Violence Youth Summit: June 17, 9:30 a.m., Lee Middle School. More info: 662-549-9647 or 662-245-0148 




  • Stop the Violence-Promote the Peace Rally: June 26, 1-8 p.m., Propst Park. More info: Columbus Action Network, 662-329-5147



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Reader Comments

Article Comment insanity commented at 6/17/2010 12:45:00 AM:

This town will absolutely talk an issue to death.


Article Comment kat commented at 6/18/2010 12:57:00 AM:

The crime in Columbus, or any other town , will not be corrected with "Task Force " meetings, church meetings, council meetings or any other "meetings" for that matter. You can not correct a problem that is ingrained in a certain type person. They either know right from wrong by the time they are adults-or they don't. They either respect LIFE or they don't. They either respect authority-or they don't. It has to be taught in the home, church and school for a lifetime. When you have no respect for yourself-you can't respect others. When you have not been taught coping skills by parents ( notice that was plural)or other caring adults as you grow-then you learn nothing but disrespect and violence.


Article Comment doj commented at 6/18/2010 11:03:00 AM:

To kat -- Amen!!!


Article Comment doj commented at 6/18/2010 11:18:00 AM:

All of these meetings, committees, summits and rallies just bring on more talk! What we need is action!! And soon!!


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