It was with sadness that I read Todd Pettit's account of Aug. 5, in which he detailed his shock and disappointment at the way he was treated by the Charleston Police Department.
In April 2006, my son had a similar experience of being attacked and robbed at the Transit Mall. His attackers were still on the scene when the police finally arrived, but he was the one interrogated and insulted for waiting on the bus with two beers on his breath. There was no report taken. There were no arrests.
That was more than seven years ago.
To learn that, today, the same attitude is still apparently prevalent on the force is regrettable. I encourage citizens to keep records of incidents such as these and report them, because this pattern -- if there is one -- is detrimental to our community.
The Charleston Police Department has an admittedly difficult job. They need law-abiding citizens on their side.
News media helps fool us into war
Our news media are doing with Syria exactly what they did with Iraq.
Now, we get war cheerleading and quotes from politicians and pundits who support war. After the dead bodies pile up, we will get the media culpas.
You're running book reviews about the evil (Republican) neocons while supporting the Democratic ones.
I feel like it's 2002. Once again, I have to watch my nation get itself involved in a disastrous war; once again, I try to tell people we're being fooled; once again I'm ignored. Call me Cassandra.
Someone set off a chemical weapon in Syria. Our news media refuse to mention or consider the concept that it might well have been the CIA, Mossad or the terrorist al-Qaida-backed "rebels" that we're supporting there. "Oh, but the rebels don't have the capacity to use chemical weapons," our chickenhawk politicians lament.
And our supine, compliant, profit-driven news media dutifully fail to mention that the "rebels" have whatever we give them.