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GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS

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EVERYONE HAS GOOD DAYS AND BAD DAYS.

AUGUST 30, 2015

BASED ON AN ARTICLE IN TODAY’S WASHINGTON POST,, AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS, MANY AMERICAN CITIES ARE EXPERIENCING AN ABUNDANCE OF SHOOTING RESULTING IN MANY DEATHS.TODAY SUNDAY, THE  POST LEAD SENTENCE READS “DESPITE A SHOW OF POLICE FORCE DESIGNED TO CURB A SURGE IN VIOLENCE, THE NATION’S CAPITAL REACHED A DISTURBING MILESTONE FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN A RASH OF GUNFIRE PUSHED THIS YEAR’S HOMICIDE COUNT TO 105-ALREADY EQUALING 2014’S TOTAL “One of  the first Post articles I read,on August  17, 2015,related how a young man, Mathew Shlonsky was struck by a bullet as he stepped out of cab near Seventh and S Street,N.W. The bullet that killed Mr. Shlonskky originated from two young men firing at each other, one of whom was apprehended by the Police Another article related how 24 year old  Derick Black, was shot in front of a bus, near Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street, N.W The Post article , on August 30, 2015 related that hundreds of police officers flooded D.C.’s streets in an “all hands on deck” strategy  meant to make this rattled city feel safer.One of the most horrible murders occurred on a busy metro train when Ken Sutherland,an American University graduate,was stabbed to death,with no other passengers attempting to rescue him.

Many years ago during the late 40’s,50’s and most days in the 60’s, my two brothers operated businesses close to 7th and S Street,N.W. and GeorgiaAvenue and Lamont Street, N.W. locations, experiencing no hold ups, and violence of any kind. From 1959 to April 4, 1968, I owned and operated a drug store-luncheonette on 2518 14th Street,N.W. also recalling no shooting or killing in thisD.C.neighborhood called   Columbia Heights.Again the August 30th Post reported that ,”On Twitter on Saturday, D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie called the “mayem” a crisis”.We need to treat this violence -particularly the homicides,like a “health epidemic”.City officials have offered explanations that the huge amount of illegal guns possessed by many individuals and the growing use of synthetic drugs,have triggered the escalation of violence.

As mentioned previously,I mentioned that my two brothers, and myself  who operated small retail businesses, in many years ago, never experienced

the multiple shooting and killing that is happening in the nation’s capital and other American cities in today’s times.

Getting back to my title, “Good and Bad Days”, I have to mention that Doctor Martin Luther King’s sudden assassination on April 4,1968, triggered’

the DC 68 RIOT,locally and also in many other American cities.

During the evening of April 4, 1968, my drug store, my brother Phil’s liquor store at 7th and S Street N.W., and my brother Sam’s 5 & 10

near Georgia and Lamont Street,N.W. HAD BAD DAYS, DESTROYED  destroyed during the riot-a riot that Doctor King would never have desired to take place.

On the evening of April 5,, 1968, the D.C. leaders summoned the National Guard to stop the looting and burning.

Perhaps if the present violence now taking place in our Nation’s Capital , the National Guard will AGAIN have to be called in to

stop the current “SHOOTING AND VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC” THAT THE LOCAL POLICE APPEAR UNABLE TO BRING TO AN END.

LARRY ROSEN

BLOG WWW.LARRY ROSEN.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

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