I can easily say there is no better moment than now for parents to step up and take responsibility for their children, but sometimes the home situation is not always what we expect it to be. As a community, we all must come together and gain control of where we lay our heads. We can not continue to standby and allow the unruly to run rampant in our neighborhoods. Clearly, this is a direct result of the lack of recreation in our community, the high number of youth who have dropped out of school and the fact that the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services being turned into a revolving door of violent repeat offenders who are placed back into our neighborhoods with not one drop of opportunity to do better. But I do not find any comfort in knowing that DC Police and Metro Transit Police continue to work in a fashion that is uncooperative and against the interest of the public good.
At every single Police Service Area (PSA) 703 meeting this year, there has been a recurring theme about the unwillingness of Metro Transit Police to work together with MPD to address the crime in our Ward 8 communities that take place on Metro property. Instead of wasting resident's time with finger-pointing on whose responsibility it is to handle which crime, one would think and hope that these two entities would come together and figure out what's the best way to move forward and address the concerns of residents. There are many residents who would have to walk up to a mile in the dark of night in order to get to their place of residence if service is discontinued on these routes. It is a shame that our hardworking people, many who work various shifts in the service and hospitality industries in our great city, would have to be subjected to such inconsideration and inconvenience due to the terrorist actions of the careless few.
Metro held a public hearing on the proposed service changes in Ward 8 last night, 6 days after their "announcement". The short notification of the hearing only shows that Metro can care less about what the public thinks on this issue. This is what Metro wants and they have made it clear with their actions they will move forward with their plan no matter what the public may demand. Metro is still accepting written statements from the public until 5pm on Nov. 5th. The statement may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, WMATA, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Statements also may be faxed to (202) 962-1133. Please voice your opinion and concern on this important issue and reference the hearing number 576 in your correspondence with Metro.
*Updated Oct. 29, 2012