*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a letter to the editor by Francis Carr titled “On checking facts” published in the Feb. 19 Lake Sun.
Mr. Carr, after reading your Letter to the Editor dated Feb.19, I have a few questions and comments. First of all, do you recall a song written by Jim Croce about a "man called Leroy Brown? The opening verse reads, "On the South side of Chicago, in the baddest part of town." Mr. Croce was quite right when he wrote that, and unfortunately it's even more true today. The badness, spoke of in the song has spread of course, like any uncontrolled disease.
Now gaining turf to the West, and around the city center where the Latino gangs have taken hold. I haven't checked the figures, but will bet anyone that the vast majority of crimes, including murders of course, occur in this the area. I'm curious to know then Mr. Carr, do the stats that you have provided take into account the disproportionate number of murders committed in only a segment of the city? It seems to me that doing otherwise would skew the results or even lead to false conclusions.
Kind of like your example of the odds of getting shot in Gravois Mills, at 36 to one, compared, to one in 57,000, for Chicago. Tell you what, I will walk the length of Gravois Mills with a 12 pack of beer (I don't drink same) under my arm, any late night you specify. For your part, you must also take a 12 pack, and walk and equal distance at night, along South Woodlawn Ave, or perhaps Englewood, in Chicago. (We can workout the financial arrangements.)
Should you decide to walk the walk, I urge you not to resist when they come to take the beer away from you. It won't prove either of us right, but by not resisting, you might at least make it back home. After all, the odds are in your favor by the large margin of 57,000 to one, and it's possible the "perps" won't be "packin."
It seems to me though, regardless of the statistics, there still remains at least one cold, hard, fact, Chicago is the only city in the U.S. to exceed 500 murders last year. Over 80 percent of them by gun. Not good for a city that began getting strict on these weapons in the ‘60s.
Page 2 of 2 - The matter of the recess appointments is up to the court. The inevitable partisan arguments are to be expected, but of no consequence. The Obama Crew will scramble to put the fix back in, should the appeal not go their way. That's how Chicago-style politics works.
I must disagree with you about Benghazi. The President referred to "acts of terror," in his speech, and the purpose of his being in the White House garden that day was a memorial to 9/11, which is what he was talking about when he made his reference to terror. I personally think he intentionally avoided being specific. Furthermore, Susan Rice, a close friend, as well as an employee of the president, spoke on all the major TV networks days later, and her comments in no way support your contention, in fact to the contrary.
On Sept. 20, nine days after the attack, administration spokesman Jay Carney was still trying to avoid saying it was terrorists. The President continued the waffling during his appearance on the TV show, The View, taped Sept. 25.
These were distinct opportunities to make a clear, direct statement, which was not forthcoming, as is so often the case with this administration.