The Colonels Solution (And Action) To Local Crime!
I believe the cause and effect of most of the Quad Cities crime problems can be summarized in today’s Quad City Times. An assistant professor of a local University summarizes the realities of the day; by saying “The kids are raising themselves”!
As a community, we cringe at a 17-year-old girl getting shot by a former boy friend. But according to the local newspaper, the guy is 27 years old and the local school district has classified the girl as a “non-attender”.
And has anyone noticed the lack of news regarding the number of arrest in the North Park Mall riot of 2007. By all accounts, police officers arrived with-in a minute of the call, but witnesses indicates the event went on for nearly 30 minutes with some 30 to 60 “kids” participating.
What we need here is a strong does of common sense and adults acting like adults. Even when some adults don’t know how! So the Colonels plan to deal with crime:
1. We have age restriction curfews. They will be enforced immediately.
2. Iowa law specifically defines truancy, and the local school and municipal entities will immediately invest (insert dollar) for more officers to deal with this issue. If you’re not at school, your breaking the law.
3. Davenport City Code specifically deals with Parent Responsibility. Not only will it be enforced, but also local staff will work with County and State members to seek criminal charges of neglect and endangerment.
4. Local businessmen will collaborate, and buy the old ST. Vincent’s Home presently in the midst of bankruptcy with the Catholic Dioceses. Scott County will agree to take it over, and with assistance from State funding, open the Scott County Boys and Girls Home.
5. Private Schools, will agree to take the troubled boys and girls into their system as long as the public school funds transfer with them. The Catholics, Lutherans, Baptist or whomever can mold troubled 17-year-old girls that think a 27-year-old boy is “hot”. Maybe then, the schools that have since closed can reopen and save the surrounding neighborhoods. Maybe these kids could thrive in an environment where the students are afraid of the teachers and not vice versa.
6. The names of juveniles as well as their parent(s)/guardian will be published in local papers and scrolled along public access channels.
Let’s do this in the first six months. If it sounds familiar, it was Davenport in the 1930’s to early 60’s. It was a system that saved young boys and girls, some like our own Mark Freise who grew up at St. Vincent’s and became a contributing member of society.
It’s time to stop blaming the city council and start acting like responsible adults. So here is my solution. In fact, I (The Colonel) will find private money to acquire St. Vincent’s if you the bloggers get the County to take it over. I (The Colonel) will work with any and all private schools, if you the bloggers can convince the State to allow public funds to follow the students.
Lets go folks; there is work to be done.