The Times Leader posts its editorials first at timesleader.com and facebook.com/timesleader. Here’s reaction to today’s editorial.
• Just4Fun1: I believe a start to fighting crime in Wilkes-Barre would be a crackdown on unregistered and untagged vehicles. Criminals don’t go through the trouble of shopping for or buying insurance, paying for registrations, inspections and maintenance. Any vehicle that is not inspected or has expired tags should be stopped and impounded.
Put the criminals on foot and maybe it would be an advantage for the police. It would also serve as a notice that laws are being enforced, so watch it if you go to Wilkes-Barre. It’s a form of the “Giuliani style,” where the enforcement of some minor laws makes criminals realize that if you don’t get away with a small crime, you won’t get away with a big one.
• Ralph_Edmunds: That’s an interesting premise, but why do you assume they are driving untagged cars? Why wouldn’t they be driving somebody else’s registered/tagged car?
• Amy W. Kehoe: Even though it may sound snide, I say round up all the out-of-towners and ship them back to where they came. I am absolutely saddened by the increase in crime that the city has been facing, and I think it is coming from a lot of those who have come from N.Y., Philly, etc. Not only have they brought crime, but drugs, bad attitudes and their lack of respect for their neighbors and community.
I’m sorry if this offends anyone, but I am just angry at what has become of my hometown.
• Steven Scott Smith: We need an open dialogue on race and crime. I have been saying this for years. Most of the perpetrators of gun violence in Wilkes-Barre have been black. You didn’t heed my warning back in 2008 and now it is out of control.
• Sue McDermott: Get the cops out of the cars and have them walk the beat; get them to interact with the neighborhoods so they recognize out-of-towners. Get a crew of cops stationed 24/7 at Sherman Hills. Get the NAACP and all Latino leaders, along with the neighborhood watch groups and the colleges, to have meetings in each neighborhood (not just one for the whole city) to make everyone is aware of what to watch for and how to react/handle bad situations. Have the cops patrol at night outside the problem bars (they know which ones).