The Grand Jury's decision that there wasn't enough evidence to indict officer Wilson pretty well took over the news last week. The job of a Grand Jury is to look at all the evidence and determine whether or not there is an indication of a crime. From the early reports, I was pretty certain of the outcome. I think that with the exception of a few hate filled agitators, most everyone realized that. It is always tragic when a young person loses their life but the events leading up to the fatal confrontation left few alternatives for the officer. In Youngstown New York last week a similar confrontation led to an officer being killed with his own weapon when it was wrestled away from him. The real tragedy in Ferguson is the attitude of the rioters. How does it honor the memory of the dead young man to loot and burn businesses? What I saw was young men breaking into stores, stealing everything in sight, and then burning them to the ground. This isn't the first time for this activity by any means. Fifty years ago when Martin Luther King was assassinated, rioters took to the streets all over America. Since then there have been multiple occasions where riots have occurred and millions upon millions of dollars worth of buildings burned and merchandise stolen. I can't understand how this possibly benefits the civil rights movement. Many times, the areas destroyed by the rioters are never rebuilt. They remain burned out hulls of buildings in the very neighborhoods the rioters live in. The biggest question in my mind is what the thunder were our elected leaders doing? The Governor called up the National Guard then ordered them to stand down and allow certain areas to be looted? Where was the Attorney General? Are political ambitions so all fired important that the people we place our trust in to keep us safe sell us out for the potential of a few more votes? Now the esteemed Governor has announced a Special session of the Legislature to authorize funding increases to pay the National Guard. It's a dangerous game for him to be playing, as it will present an opportunity for him to explain where the Guard was the first night of the riots. There is more than a little speculation that Holder's office instructed the Governor to withhold the Guard. Regardless, there are a lot more questions than answers so far. I'm hoping we can get past all this by January and get back to working on job creation, education, children's services and things that really matter. I've seen about all the political gamesmanship I want to.
Saturday was the Winterfest Parade at Anderson. The weather was spectacular and there were hundreds of children lining the street waiting for a chance to score some candy. They had a lot of opportunities because it was as large a parade as I've seen. This coming weekend there are at least 4 more parades to attend. Southwest City, Noel, Pineville and Seneca are on the 6th and Goodman is the following week on the 13th.There's sure to be lots to report next week, until then I am and remain in your service.