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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City needs to stand up for good citizens, too

We should expect better decision-making, not excuses for bad behaviour, says letter writer

To the editor,

When can residents who play by societal rules be expect to stop being victimized by political correctness, lenient courts and lack of secure containment?

As taxpayers who contribute to the community, who have not committed assault or thievery, whose background compares with those who are addicted, homeless, vulnerable and have mental health issues, we become good citizens despite what happened in our past.

When can we expect that the rules play in our favour? So I can live safely in the home I created? Where I can have my belongings I worked many jobs for not be stolen because someone believes they don’t have to play by the same rules because they had a difficult life?

We should be encouraging/expecting/demanding people to make better decisions in their lives, not offer up excuses for them to continue bad behaviour.

If they are not able to make those better decisions then society needs to. Those who detract from their community need to be contained so they cannot harm others.

I am tired of not being safe in my community and in my neighbourhood because politicians, our court system and some in the general public believe it’s OK for a certain population to get a pass to behave badly. When in fact they are making a decision to behave badly, make their own rules and not contribute.

I cannot afford to continue to use my money to fix what this city has broken or what it fails to address, whether it be the drug house up the alley, the drivers who think my neighbourhood is a racetrack or the thieves who believe they are entitled to my belongings.

Penny Mitchell, Nanaimo

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