ShareThis Page
Letters to the Editor

Community support needed

| Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

It was very disappointing to see the sparse turnout at our recent Ford City/Manor Crime Watch meeting. It was advertised, but only two people besides the law-enforcement officials showed up.

It's amazing how people will complain about crime, yet no one wants to get involved in curbing it. I was asked to put this letter in the paper to express our group's frustration that comes with trying to do something with so few people.

We thought that maybe there's a misunderstanding of what our local group is about. We are not a patrol that goes out and tries to “play cops and robbers” when crime happens. We are not vigilantes. We have chosen to simply keep our eyes and ears open for what's going on in our neighborhoods, and if something seems wrong, we call 911. Our motto is, “See something, say something.”

People: We need to go back to looking out for each other. If someone was breaking into your house, you'd want your neighbor to call the police. Therefore, you should do the same thing. Get involved. If you see a crime, call 911. You don't have to do anything else. Stay safe. Don't confront anyone. That's what the police are trained to do.

Please come to our next meeting — 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Latin American Club, 1218 Third Ave., Ford City — to see what we are doing. We need you to be involved.

Darla Bernot

Ford City

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me