Crime statis­tics are noth­ing to smile about

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

I WILL not pre­tend that the pho­to­graph of the smil­ing po­lice of­fi­cer on your Street Watch page has not irked me some­what.

Do you sup­pose the vic­tims of the end­less bur­glar­ies and home in­va­sions through­out the western sub­urbs are also grin­ning ear to ear?

Now there is a change in polic­ing pol­icy; will this do any­thing for the abysmal clean-up rate and the stub­bornly buoy­ant po­lice statis­tics? I doubt it. How­ever, it’s all for naught any­way if the so-called “ju­di­cial” sys­tem in our State con­tin­ues to re­ward crim­i­nals with a de­risory slap-on­the-wrist time after time after time.

How many of th­ese bur­glars, bash­ers and drug- deal­ers are “re­peat of­fend­ers”? I shud­der to think. Poli­cies of ap­pease­ment mas­querad­ing as “law and or­der” serve only the of­fender and those who make a very sub­stan­tial liv­ing from ex­er­cis­ing them. It is a dis­grace. Gra­hamLukeMitchell

WestLeed­erville. events, the name of Je­sus Christ is mis­used for profit and greed, which makes a mock­ery of a most sa­cred time.

For ex­am­ple, the Christ­mas items such as trees, dec­o­ra­tions and food of all kinds were on dis­play at least two months be­fore Christ­mas Day.

We are bom­barded on TV, in our let­ter­boxes with ad­ver­tis­ing and wher­ever we go in the su­per­mar­kets with "gift ideas" for our fam­ily and friends.

We are brain­washed into be­liev­ing that Christ­mas is only about food and more food, presents and more presents, par­ties and more par­ties.

Don't worry, we are told: buy now

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