It’s been a year. The killer of Sgt. Maj. North E. Woodall is still missing.
It’s time to stop letting punks run the streets, it’s time to stop making excuses for bad behavior, it’s time to stop blaming the courts, the prosecutor, the system, the drugs, the thugs and the media.We’ve all lost something and someone valuable today.From the Dayton Daily News:
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ret. North E. Woodall was found bloodied and unconscious by a neighbor about 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at 1028 Walton Ave. after an apparent home invasion, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He’s not the only one where someone got away with murder in Dayton, Ohio.
Remember Heather Walker? Unsolved.
At CityFolk I ran into an old friend. Her brother’s killer is still missing as well- and he was a Dayton Police Officer: Kevin Brame– and there is a $100,000 reward out for the killer.
While it’s easy to point fingers at the police for not solving these murders- it’s harder to look at our community, and ask “how did we let this happen.”
When did it become OK for some people to live in our city- and cause problems for the rest of us? Why are we afraid to confront society’s rejects and tell them to shape up or ship out? We’ve got one house on our block that the police visit at least weekly- is it fair to the rest of us? How and why does this happen?
Some would say that it’s a lack of fearing God- others say it’s a lack of fearing consequences from “the system”- but- could it be that we’ve failed as a society to integrate? It’s not just a black white thing- (although black males die by homicide at a greater rate than whites)- but it is related to education. Dumb people don’t have as many opportunities as the rest of us- and so they turn to crime.
In a State where the Supreme Court has ruled four times that our system of funding education is unconstitutional- we’re still a stupid electorate- voting in stupid leaders to continue the stupidity. And it’s not because we’re afraid to lock people up:
Ohio houses more prisoners than the three closest states by population — Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania — with more than 50,000 inmates.
It’s time to step back and look at what we are achieving by locking up drug-related criminals- while missing murderers. It’s time to come up with a more creative way to fund our schools. If the lottery was supposed to help- and that was OK- maybe a sales tax on pot is a more equitable way?
Just imagine if a whole career field opened up tomorrow for pot-peddling high school dropouts? What would change? Imagine if our homes and businesses weren’t getting broken into to find cash for crack- because we had real health care that took care of addiction professionally? Imagine if the drug subculture came out of the shadows-
Imagine if we found the scumbags who killed Kevin Brame, Heather Walker and North Woodall- and the system was working to protect us from the really dangerous people amongst us?
There is reward out for the Sgt. Maj. Woodall’s killer too- but the real reward is we’d be living in a better community if the real criminals were taken off the streets.