As a member of the board of directors of Crimestoppers, I appreciate your recent article mentioning Crimestoppers’ contribution to the community by providing citizens a way to report criminals to law enforcement at no personal risk. Over the past five years, about 1,100 tips have led to 230 arrests, 350 cases cleared, over $90,000 of personal property recovered and almost $150,000 in drugs seized.
Law enforcement enjoys substantial savings due to eliminating police work that would have been required to locate and arrest these criminals. Society benefits immeasurably when criminals are unable to commit criminal acts.
Our chapter of Crimestoppers operates on an annual budget of less than $10,000, not including the services of a Charleston police officer for day-to-day operation, logistic support by North Charleston and funding from Berkeley County. Crimestoppers should not be required to raise money to support itself. We would greatly appreciate being included in the budgets of all the municipalities we serve.
Acts of humility
I recently listened to Bill O’Reilly of Fox News give a compassionate review of the George Zimmerman trial. He made some good points that would possibly anger African Americans and make folks on the right happy. On July 25 The Post and Courier ran a column by Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe that made some good points, which possibly could anger folks on the right and make African Americans happy.
While I respect both of these newsmen, I believe something was missing in both. I suggest these men and many others have left out the most important teaching.
Many years ago my good friend Frank C. Smith and I washed each other’s feet at a men’s conference — the teaching of Jesus clearly taught his disciples that we are to wash other’s feet, teaching that humility brings joy and wisdom that the world can’t produce.
My brother Frank was black. I am white. He was Tim Scott’s Sunday School teacher. He was my mentor and his teachings come from Jesus’ teachings. I urge all believers get to the gospels, as I believe that’s our only hope.
Gin House Court
Why not us?
What’s next for Charleston? Let me suggest the outlandish. Let’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Yes, the Olympics. Bids must be made in 2015 with selection in 2017.
We have space for an Olympic Village (old Navy Base) and can use the impetus to combine the various metro services — fire, police, transportation, EMS. The run-up to the event will likely attract federal funds to complete the list of major needs. Can’t be done, you say? Family Circle, Ryder Cup, PGA Tournament and others have already seen us collectively extend our famous “How y’all?”
Most cities that have hosted this world event have experienced a very positive aftermath. Check out Barcelona (’92), Atlanta (’96), Sydney (’00) and Beijing (’08). They were left with a discernible sports history, much upgraded infrastructure and facilities, and in many cases a major facelift to a failing area.
Like many of you, I fear the onslaught of wacko growth. Our lack of skyscrapers has always been a most comforting defense. Getting the Olympics should not change that. So let’s include Aiken for the equestrian events, Beaufort for sailing, the lakes at Santee for rowing, Myrtle Beach for archery and rifle. We’ll keep gymnastics, basketball, aquatics and track and field. They can do the marathon at Kiawah. If they bring back surfing, we’ll have a reason to add some dunes by “the washout” at Folly Beach.
We can do this. By way of this letter, I am officially beginning the “Do the Charleston 2024 Olympics” campaign. Let’s get our mayors to put together an exploratory committee. Are you in or out?
W. Thomas McQueeney