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We need to talk openly about crime in our midst | Letter to the Editor
Islanders turn a blind eye to a lot about our neighbors. It’s a small-town survival technique. Real problems arise, however, and we can’t afford to let our courtesies become complacence. I’m thankful to The Beachcomber for running such a direct article about a serious issue (“Activity at house near airport has long vexed neighbors,” Dec. 5).
With a clear problem like that house by the airport, we need open talk. Stolen goods, methamphetamine use, church break-ins and the death of that poor woman — it’s a true tragedy.
I respond to tragedy by wanting to help. I hope that will be the intention of our newly formed neighborhood watch group — not to be an Old West posse nor to shut out our neighbors — but to speak openly with each other and law enforcement about how we can help make our Island safe and secure.
I’ve heard frustration and anger, sorrow and hopelessness — all typical of a tragic situation. But, if we can be calm and compassionate while also firm and adamant, I believe that we can effect positive changes of which we can all be proud. Please consider joining the effort.
— James Cardo