ON-Lion Letter
In the Fall 2008 edition of Wisconsin Interest magazine, Milwaukee police chief Edward A. Flynn outlines his "Milwaukee Plan" to fight crime.  "We expect every neighborhood to understand that public safety is not a spectator sport," he writes in "The Milwaukee Plan:  Reducing Crime to Improve Neighborhoods."  "Safe neighborhoods are the result of people and their police working together to create communities capable of sustaining civic life.  We have a mutual obligation to do our respective parts.

"We will use every tool at our disposal to create safe places," Flynn continues.  "But residents must do their part.  We can control crime; we cannot control the neighborhood children.  We can take down criminals.  We cannot raise other people’s children.  We can seize drugs, guns and money, but we can’t ask another’s child when he comes home how he could afford those new clothes.

"Too many inevitable homicides are termed tragedies when, in fact, they were inevitabilities; the inevitable result of immature bad choices and disengaged parenting."

Wisconsin Interest is edited by author and commentator Charles J. Sykes, who hosts radio and television talk shows on Milwaukee's WTMJ.  It is published by The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) in Thiensville, Wis.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WPRI.
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