Thursday, September 23, 2010

Who Cares?

We live in a disposable world.

There was yet another killing in Reading this week. It’s becoming a regular occurrence. This time a body was found on top of a pile of trash though it’s not been determined if that’s where he was actually killed. There’s some speculation as to whether or not he was stabbed in a nearby apartment and then tossed there. Sure, why not? It’s hot again this week. You don’t want to keep a dead guy in your living room too long, now do you? They think they have the guy who did it, though again there are questions. Supposedly, the guy they arrested was seen with his arms around the dead guy’s chest as they were fighting. However, from how it’s described, it sounds more like he was lugging him to the trash heap on the steps to the basement of a vacant building.

Last week four guys beat and shot a fifteen year old kid for his fancy sneakers. The kid was in the wrong place at the wrong time and didn’t run when approached as he perhaps should have. They caught the four, one of whom was only a kid himself.

The week before there was a shoot out with one man shot in the head. Though there were many bullets exchanged, he was the only one unlucky enough to be hit. He’s going to live but still, no respect for human life.

When did we get to this point? And how do we get away from it? Unfortunately, Reading has yet to hit bottom. Bad as it is now, it is sure to get worse, much worse, before it gets better. Wait. Make that if it gets better because honestly, I have many, many doubts of that being possible.

The mayor did a walkabout yesterday, going along with the codes inspectors. So he saw that my fence was the only one in my block with the graffiti removed. It’s reported that he also chatted with everyone as he wandered by. I really wish he’d waited until I was home. As I’m sure you can guess by now, I have a few things that I’d have liked to discuss.

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