This is in regard to the Arizona Silver Belt article of Wednesday, May 7, 2014, “Miami plagued by vandalism.”
I couldn’t believe the defeatist attitude espoused by members of the town council and the police chief. To quote Mr. Black, “the kids who are not vandalizing know who the kids are who are destroying town property.
“After a while they’ll just get tired and make them stop.”
WHAT? Let the kids attend to the problem while the adults twiddle their thumbs and hope for the best?
Police Chief Gillen then said, “officers know who the kids are who are vandalizing the town property, but there is little they can do. They’re at that age where they can’t be arrested.”
WHAT? What kind of message does this send to the kids? That they’re above the law? They may not be of age to arrest, but they can be talked to or fines can be levied on their parents. Usually when it hits the parents in the pocketbook, results happen.
This would send a clear message to both kids and parents.
Vandalism will not be tolerated.
There’s usually a solution to every problem. To get results, one just has to have consequences, be consistent and follow through.
On a humorous but positive note, the headline following this article read, “Vandals baseball earns honors.” LOL.
Luis J. Rodriguez