"EDITORIAL: I attended the vigil last night at 7 p.m. that was held in
front of the home where 2 girls lives were cut short, 9-year-old Dayja
Scott and 8-year-old Dalijah Scott. 2 little boys were hurt 7-year-old
Michael Scott and 5-year-old Luther Scott remain hospitalized.
"I saw a community come together, people young and old, people from
all walks of life to show they care and to show sympathy after such a
tragic loss. I saw tears coming from children’s eyes who played with the
victims, friends and neighbors hugged each other, strangers that never
met the family bow their heads. I went as a mother of two daughters to
show my respect for the family, I could never fathom the pain they are
going through right now.
"I stood in front of the boarded up house where 911 dispatchers heard
that calls for help that children were trapped in a fire and screaming,
the firefighters gave so much that they dropped because of exhaustion,
where police officers were hurt trying to rescue the kids, as I looked
at the home I couldn’t even imagine the chaos and pain that everyone
earlier that day felt.
"What I didn’t see, public officials coming to pay their respect. One
alderman showed up to pay his respects. What happened to our city? Our
leaders? Our Priorities? Do they they think because its not in their
district it doesn’t affect them? Or because it wasn’t in the perfect
neighborhood people don’t count?
"We face a fire station possibly being closed because the Mayor said
cut the budget. But we are going to buy property and pay $70,000 a year
to maintain it so it looks good? $400,000 on bathrooms, $200,000 to fix
the transit center that was built very poorly in the first place? Giving
loans (Tifs) for over a million dollars? The list goes on and on. But
we can’t spend $3.10 per person to keep this city safe? Businesses and
people won’t move here or thrive here if there aren’t the vital services
that a city needs to sustain itself.
"All that remains this morning is a boarded up home where happy memories
once happened and tragedy occurred and lives stolen too young. There
are two little angels looking down on their family right now and 2
little boys fighting to live.
"It is a very sad time in the city I love so much and fight for. I can
only hope that the Common Council realizes that WE RESIDENTS are #1
priority, not concrete, not copper roofs or marble bathrooms, that the
breathing living people that love this city deserve the protection and
demand it. I don’t want to write about people losing their lives or
their homes because the city didn’t want to spend the money. Some may
say well it goes into certain funds, in the end it comes out of all of
"There is a public meeting on Monday November 12th at 6 p.m. at City
Hall concerning the closing of Station #5. I highly encourage everyone
to contact their elected officials and demand better of them. Show up at
this meeting you are allowed to speak your mind and even if you don’t
want to speak, show up to support the community before it’s too late."
Editor “Racine Uncovered” www.racineuncovered.org
That is one of the best editorials I have ever read.