Prayer will bring some clarity

Published 10:41 pm Saturday, January 3, 2009

On Monday, the people of Selma are invited to join in a candlelight prayer vigil against violence. The inviation was issued by Selma Mayor George Evans, among others.

Most recently, a frustrated resident of Selma criticized Evans for not appearing at murder scenes with police where teenagers died from violence. This same person also raised the issue that the mayor had not attended any of the funerals.

It is not Evans’ job to come to murder scenes. He is the leader of the city. He is not our father. His job is the day-to-day operation of the business of the city. The police, under the direction of Chief William T. Riley III, are responsible to responding to crime scenes. This they do, and effectively.

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Additionally, while an appearance by Evans at funerals for these youths would certainly be appropriate if he so chose, it is not mandatory. Evans has called families and has been to the funeral homes where those children lay in their caskets. He knows the anguish.

Now, Evans wants to bring us together. This is good and healing. He also will bring us together with a plan to battle this violence among our youth. Rest assured.