If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE: Any readers comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke“ honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE that Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin held a press conference today to address recent shootings and other acts of violence in our fair city? …Chief Bolin will discuss the police department’s ongoing efforts to address violent crime as well as staffing changes being made to combat the growing problem of gun crime in our neighborhoods? …we hope he will announce that he starting a “Special Crime Fighting Unit“ to take on the criminals head because they causing uncontrollable crime in our community?IS IT TRUE we hope that the Mayor, every local law enforcement official, officers of the local FOP, area preachers, Civic groups, members of the Evansville Neighborhood Associations, concerned citizens and members of the Evansville City Council will support Chief Bolin’s new initiative on crime fighting? …it takes a city to fight crime?IS IT TRUE its about time that Mayor Winnecke and City Council spend some time and money addressing the murder, suicide, and illegal drug problems of this community? …we hope they will forget about spending anymore money on future feel good capital projects for a while?IS IT TRUE that yesterday Mayor Winnecke did a “Ride Along” with with an officer assigned to patrolling neighborhoods? …we remember that a couple of years ago when the Mayor ran for re-election he was marketed as the “law and order” candidate? …just two years later he felt compiled to do a “Ride Along” with an Evansville police officer so he can get an idea about whats going on in the streets? …it might be time for every City Council member to do similar?IS IT TRUE that 8th District Representative Larry Bucshon just added his opinion about the growing problems of violent crime and illegal drugs use in Evansville? …that Bucshon declared that “cracking down on the flow of drugs from Mexico can help reduce crimes in Evansville’s recent spate of killings”? …all we can say about the Congressmen statement is “tell us something we don’t know” and send us some Federal money to help us fight crime?IS IT TRUE that the new year started the same way the old one went out in Evansville with another person getting shot and later died bringing the murder total to 11 in three months and a day?…now we know what the residents of St. Louis, Baltimore, and Detroit feel like, because our short term murder rate is right there next to them? …no one would have ever dreamed that such a thing was possible here in River City?IS IT TRUE that with the two murders that happened on the last two days of the year the murder rate for Evansville in the last 3 months of 2017 increased to 38 per 100,000 raising Evansville to the 5th highest murder rate in America?…only St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, and New Orleans have higher murder rates than Evansville did in Q4 of 2017? …it is time for Evansville, Indiana to get its act together and become the friendly Midwestern city that it always claims to be?…being rated along with Detroit for murder and being the suicide capital of America isn’t consistent with the whole “great place to raise kids” narrative that Evansville has been telling the world for years?IS IT TRUE that true to form, another murder occurred during the last several days and this one was right behind the Donut Bank on Green River Road?…the lawless violence has spilled out of the inner city and into suburbia, but the band plays on?…the 4th quarter of 2017 places Evansville solidly as the 6th most likely place to be murdered in America?…this goes well with the longstanding distinction of being the most likely place to commit suicide?…that and the 70+ heroin overdoses should capture the attention of every citizen such that they demand a departure from a vacuum of nothing but fun and games capital projects?IS IT TRUE that Henderson is catching the Evansville virus of people getting shot for reasons that are unknown?…on New Year’s Eve, a party invitation that was distributed on social media drew strangers from other cities like a light bulb attracts moths?…this mixture of locals and unknown people from afar led to a disagreement and a fight that included a shooting and a trip to an Evansville hospital for multiple bullet wounds to the abdomen?…the person who lives in the house where the party was held ended up getting shot for his generosity of holding a party?…this should be a lesson for everyone to keep their social gatherings to those they know and be suspicious of unknown people packing guns?…the Tri-State has something very wrong tearing at the fibers that hold society together?…just a few short years ago murder was not a common occurrence in greater Evansville?IS IT TRUE our men and women in blue are doing a professional job on our behalf? …its obvious they need additional resources to help combat this new wave of violent crime in our community? …we urge the Mayor and Members of City Council to step up and immediately invest more money to hire more police officers and purchase additional state of the art crime fighting equipment?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel it time for the Mayor and City Council to spend money on starting a kick ass “Special Fighting Crime Unit” in the City of Evansville?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”. 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