Meridian Star


November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MERIDIAN — Crime summit a success

    I would like to say thank you to everyone who made the Mayor's Summit on Crime a huge success!

    Thank you to Meridian and Lauderdale County's new task force on crime. Your leadership is vital to our success.

    Thank you to Paul Davis for donating and managing the much needed sound equipment.

    Most importantly, thank you to my fellow citizens for partnering with us at the crime summit. Without you there would have been no summit.

    That night, we saw facts and figures on crime. We heard citizen voices and law enforcement solutions.

    But there was something else in the Frank Cochran Center that night. Something more crucial to our success than any fact sheet or administrative solution.

    There was one Meridian.

    We witnessed unity. We witnessed our community working together. That is the key to moving Meridian forward on all issues, not just crime.

    Long term, the task force will create a legislative agenda to address laws discussed at the crime summit that weaken our criminal justice system.

    Short term, in addition to the increased police presence being assigned to neighborhoods,  we will actively pursue forming a neighborhood watch in every single area of Meridian and Lauderdale County without one.

    If you would like to help form a neighborhood watch or get involved, please call the Mayors Office at (601) 485-1927.

    The summit was the first step. It was the end of the beginning. Now, it is time for the next step.

    Let's get to work.

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry

Thoughts on Mayor's

Crime Summit

    The highest or utmost point; the top; the heads of state; crime summit conference was held this week in Meridian, Mississippi; what did it reveal? Webster’s definition!

    In my observation, it revealed how far, the disconnection between the leadership of Meridian and today’s youth truly is. First, if the youth are not involved to hear from their own perspective as to what is driving them to do what they do; then the rest is just speculation.

    At least have someone there who interacts with the children on a daily basis. I mean the real teachers and leaders that interact with children in their natural elements; life school after school! The school which affects test scores!

    Life schools are the hours; places and neighborhoods children must attend after they leave their state required institutions of preparatory learning. The places where Mr. Hood doesn’t associate; Dr. Taylor and Mr. Hubbard rarely visit; and the Lauderdale County Sheriff and the MPD know all too well.

    By the way, where were all the city council members? Aren’t these the people who really suppose to know what is going on in their perspective communities/wards? Will someone tell them we are in the 2nd Decade of the 21st Century?

    As for the Mayor, reaction is something we all can do after the horse has left the barn. It would have been proactively nice to close the gate before you let the horses out of the barn.

    Once again the GOP must understand; the plans you devised to keep a core group of people economically, socially, educationally behind; the God which watches over all of us knows about the plan and eventually will level the playing field and reveal all you tried to do. I just pray He don’t have to destroy some of you for trying this plan!

    Mayor, the proactive approach should have been the method used. Showing how you plan on ankle bracing troubled children only reveals how out of touch you really are.The NAACP and SCLC are organizations, which interact with children at community locations, after the mandated school hours. Unfortunately, we don’t have the mandated allotted city schools Title I resources the GOP continually boggles up in the schools; thus diluting the funds intentions; circumventing funds to provide suburban/county lifestyles for Administrative, Faculty and Staff. Poor Schools and High Crime is Paternal Twins.


Randle L. Jennings


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