April 30, 2006

Street actually makes some sense

Jea Street is an egotistical blowhard 98% of the time; however, his concerns are right on the money in this case:

New Castle County Councilman Jea P. Street wants the county to withhold millions of dollars promised to Wilmington until the city cleans up crime.

Making the threat during two public meetings last week, Street said shootings, homicides and drug deals have gotten so bad in the city that someone needs to declare a state of emergency.

"I'm so mad about this I can't see," he said. "The criminals are running the city of Wilmington. The police can't even protect the mayor, and they sure as hell ain't protecting me."

I'm not sure withholding dollars is the best strategy, but certainly something has to be done. Fellow Councilman Penrose Hollins agrees, but then makes a comparison that's sure to make Wilmingtonians feel a LOT better -- not:

"In fairness to the city, this is not unique to Wilmington," Hollins said. "It's a frustration for elected officials throughout this country in urban areas. [Washington, D.C., councilman] Marion Barry was actually robbed in his own apartment. It's a pretty tough situation."

Yep, using D.C. to make your point makes us all feel "better." The city with the second-highest murder rate in the nation (only behind New Orleans, but that was in 2002 so it's likely DC now has the top spot, post-Katrina) and robbery and assault rates both in the top ten nationally.

Posted by Hube at April 30, 2006 08:36 AM | TrackBack

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What made this fascinating was seeing Paul Clark support it.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at May 1, 2006 07:18 AM

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