Common courtesy, not violence, is the answer
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
Let’s say that your spouse asks you to run down to the store to pick up some milk or bread. You jump in the car, head to the local grocery, then on the return trip home you encounter a couple of vehicles blocking the road. They have stopped to talk or whatever, and are impeding traffic from passing on the street. Common courtesy would have called for the offenders to move their vehicles from the roadway, allowing you to pass. They could have easily pulled to the side and continued their conversation, thereby allowing traffic to proceed without an issue arising. Few drivers, especially in small towns around America, have not encountered such a situation while driving. Though it may be a little irritating, the easy resolution is for the offending parties to remove the blockage and everyone proceeds. Confrontation certainly will never be the solution to this scenario.
One evening this week, a similar incident took place in Welsh – right here in Jeff Davis Parish. Of course, I do not have all the details or facts regarding this incident and do not want to hold trial here in the newspaper; however, there are some issues that certainly need to be addressed and should be handled quickly and forcefully by law enforcement. According to some reports, the person whose vehicle was being impeded from passing because of the two vehicles blocking the roadway, asked that their vehicles be moved. Now, let me say that I wasn’t a witness to the incident, and I certainly don’t know what was said or how it was said. Actually, he or she did not need to say anything and the offending parties should have made the move to resolve the issue without being asked. It’s called common courtesy. However, apparently the incident quickly escalated and the party or parties who were blocking the road must have followed the person to his residence and decided to shoot up his house in retaliation for whatever was said.
I can only assume that is what actually happened and, from experience, know that the truth will be as scarce as it is in Washington when the investigations take place. However, it seems to be a case of someone who thinks that they do not have to respect their fellow man and quickly turned to violence to enforce that attitude. Personally, I think that kind of behavior has no place in our society and would encourage city, parish, state and national authorities to apprehend, charge, prosecute, and punish the offenders as quickly as is humanly possible. This incident, in my opinion, is not just delinquency or misdemeanor behavior, but an act of terrorism just as blatant as the assault on America on 9/11. It cannot be tolerated and the animal or animals that perpetrated this evil act should be removed from society and never allowed to return.
If we do not see a rapid response and ultimate punishment for this terrorism, we have a much more serious problem than the hoodlums who committed the crime.
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