Dan Rivers

Dan Rivers

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Can you still safely visit the Liberty Bell.

RecentIy I was just 20 miles outside Kiladelphia. Thats what they are calling it now. I had no idea the danger that might be lurking if I had ventured just a few miles from my Toney surroundings.

If one chose to see the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles, do you need a private security detail? Maybe an armored Uber to check out the crack in the Liberty bell.

Neal Patel has made headlines by creating his own armed security force complete with shotguns and ARs to protect his customers. I doubt a gas station owner can sustain this type of force long term, but Patel felt compelled to react after his ATM was dragged off by brazen thieves. Obviously, you would need lots of profit to support a paid security force.

Having stated the obvious, I think we are all called upon to demand answers from the justice departments that serve our communities. Why are we putting up with this rabble? We are already paying high taxes for security; we should demand better.

What is wrong with a system that allows brazen robberies, and miscreants the run of the streets, while the public cowers? We have the power to change. Time after time police officers have said just a few taken off the streets makes a huge difference. No one is on the side of the criminal, we outnumber them, demand more. If we don't, look for the demise of retail.

Thieves and criminals seem emboldened, partly because we have criticised the police. The police brutality card has been overplayed, it's not reality. Think it can't happen in your neighborhood? Look at Walgreens closing on Midlothian, CVS closing near the University, just up the street a Dollar store closed. In the end thieves rob the entire community. Kevlar vests, AR's and a private security force is not the long-term answer, a community that demands law and order from its appointed justice department is the answer. 

Dan Rivers

Mid Days 

570 WKBN


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