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SIMMONS: Personal responsibility sorely lacking in D.C.
Question of the Day
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? With serious and sundry scandals making several of the District of Columbia’s top Democrats look like Charlie Brown’s pal Pig Pen, you would think individual Democrats would at least try to clean up their act by working to prevent crime the old-fashioned way.
Jim Graham is one such Democratic lawmaker in desperate need of a makeover as a card-carrying liberal who misleads stakeholders into thinking government has all the answers.
Last week brought more of the same from the Ward 1 Democrat when Andrea Noble of this newspaper reported that a crime wave in his ward, which includes Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, is leaving residents a bit jittery.
Can’t blame them.
One bloody incident stemmed from a craps game.
“There is no reason at all why there should be a craps game taking place,” said Mr. Graham, who described the gambling on Parkwood Place Northwest as a notorious problem. “If the police would focus attention, this would end.”
It is impossible for police to patrol every nook and cranny in the District, despite the fact that officers employed with more than two dozen law enforcement agencies in the city are armed and at the ready 365 days a year.
What’s sorely lacking, though, are organized groups of ordinary stakeholders with their own eyes, ears and mouths.
Preventing crime is already tough with Mr. Graham and other Democrats stifling residents’ Second Amendment rights.
It’s unfortunate as well that Mr. Graham considers funneling precious tax money to neighborhood cleanup programs as crime prevention.
Indeed, he once blamed pizza parlors for contributing to crime and in a heartbeat tries to shut down an establishment when crime visits upon its patrons.
Liberals are so typical in that respect, using their right hand to wag a finger at the very idea of personal responsibility, and using a finger on their left hand to hook pockets of public dollars.
How about a different approach?
Teach taggers a lesson by making them clean up their own graffiti.
And those loiterers who urinate in public and use sidewalks and alleys as trash cans? Hand them buckets, mops and brooms.
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About the Author
Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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