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A tale of 3 Lawtons

Dear Editor:
A tale of two cities. No, this post is not about the great novel by Dickens. Although the opening line in the book certainly applies.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.”

This post is about the 1,785 dead and thousands wounded in Chicago so far this year. And, believe it or not, these numbers are behind last year’s figures.

The obvious question is, why is nothing being done to stop these constant acts of terrorism and violence?

There is plenty of blame to go around. In my opinion, that question can easily be answered by demographics. Shooting victims are most concentrated in the south and west sides in 2018.

The majority of Chicagoans do not live or venture into these areas. The middle, upper middle, and rich elites live and function elsewhere. It’s a different city, so to speak.  The “money” lives outside of the diseased areas. It simply is not their problem, because it does not affect their daily lives. I really do not blame them for ignoring the issue. In truth, it happens everywhere, including Lawton.

When I read about a shooting in Lawton, I always notice where it happened. It never happens in my upper middle class neighborhood, or any of the areas where my friends and family hang out. So, we leave our police to deal with the problem in the “other” Lawton. Actually, our story is a tale of three cities. Our prison is a city within itself, where many murderous attacks take place. Take the prison’s statistics out of the equation, and Lawton becomes a normal and mostly crime-free city compared to many others.

So, crime will continue to take place as long as there are criminals, and the majority of the crimes in every community will always be centered where the poor folk live. Simple as that.

Stay safe and be well, my friends!

Jack Parker
Lawton

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