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Letters: After demonstrations, accountability; Christina schools referendum needs support

Letters to the editor

Accountability needed after demonstrations

How sad viewing online the destruction by thugs and anarchists of Al's Sporting Goods Store, a Wilmington staple for 65 years. I remember my dad taking me there in the 1960s buying my first baseball glove — a Tom Tresh — and my first basketball —a Pennsylvania.

Why weren't the police empowered to protect Al's property, the bar at 5th and Market or Morris Jewelers? To me, if I was thinking of opening a business in Wilmington, I would question the mayor and police chief's ability and willingness to protect my investment.

I have lived in Wilmington for 45 years. I have two siblings who live in the city. I served in city government for 12 years. My oldest child works in downtown Wilmington. During my 12 years on Wilmington City Council, our authorized strength of the police department was 240. Now Chief Robert Tracy has in excess of 300 officers. After the earlier demonstrations, one at the Public Safety Building at 4th and Walnut and one at I-95 what did they think was going to happen next?

A dumpster on the 900 block of Orange Street burns as looters break into businesses on and near Market Street in downtown Wilmington as protests against police violence grew into rioting Saturday.

Looting is a crime and should be addressed as such. Why weren't the help of the state police, nor the National Guard solicited? I witnessed the National Guard assembling at Bayard School During the 1968 riots. They would patrol City Streets until Jan. 20, 1969.

The peaceful demonstrators in Wilmington, and across America, should be commended. Those who were peaceful showed their respect for the Floyd Family. I hope that justice is served and systemic racism is eliminated. As is often is the case, far-left groups and radicals hijack these worthy causes, and wreak havoc and destruction. With the shutdowns for COVID-19, businesses did not need nor deserve this.

In no way do I blame the rank and file of the police department. Management must be held accountable.

— Robert F. Poppiti Sr., Wilmington

Justice for all

Justice For All

I would like to read a follow-up article sometime this week on the arrest made in the looting of innocent business owners as they prepared to re-launch their businesses this week.

George Floyd's death is a travesty and all who took part in his death should be punished to the fullest intent of the law. But so should these individuals who took it upon themselves to go out and purposely cause destruction to the very neighborhoods that the live in. ALL LIVES MATTER!

— Michael Stanek, Wilmington

Christina school referendum deserves support

One of my relatives works in the Christina School District and has been talking about the upcoming referendum in June. Evidently, since a previous referendum did not pass, this district needs this referendum to pass this time.

It appears that more senior citizens come out to vote and this is why the referendum did not pass the last time.

To my fellow senior citizens: Please remember that the students in this district are the future. They will be the ones taking care of us if we are in the hospital or at a nursing home. They will also be the ones performing other important jobs that affect us. They need an excellent education in order to perform their jobs in the future.

We are doing a disservice by not voting "yes."

— Kay Hunt, Middletown