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Tackle minor crimes

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Kudos Chronicle, for saying what needs to be said, that no one else with any intelligence is saying (“No to Sharpton, yes to the law,” Editorial, Aug. 14).

Al Sharpton, who I am a fan of, is so, so wrong on this issue and needs to stay out of the politics of New York City. His job or his mission is not to dictate how the NYPD or the mayor should deal with a situation. He needs to step back. And this mayor, who has been a huge disappointment, needs to get some backbone and stand up to Sharpton, instead of letting him feed the fire with gasoline.

Where was Sharpton when many black people in Jamaica where killed by guns in the hands of other black people this year? I did not hear a peep out of him.

Does Sharpton feel that because a crime, such as selling single cigarettes, is a low-level crime, that it should just be ignored? Should any quality-of-life issue that is a low-level crime be ignored, as many are saying?

As one who lives in Jamaica, which is pretty much the Wild, Wild West of Queens, where anything goes — from illegal curb cuts to bodegas selling loose cigarettes to people drinking in public on apartment steps and blasting loud music into the late hours to all of the illegal dumping of garbage and every other quality-of-life issue — I know these types of low-level crimes need to be curbed, because Jamaica is the perfect example of how a community can go completely wrong when they are ignored. You end up with a community that most people do not want to live in, where anyone can do whatever they want, where the quality of life is horrible.

In other words, you end up with Jamaica — and how many reading this want to live in Jamaica?

All crimes, no matter how low level, need to be addressed and not ignored.

Joe Moretti

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