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Bruce, Caroline

It's Time for Crime

The crime poll. Some serious questions here, and it'll be interesting to see what people say.

Poll #1118388 Crime Poll

All statistics aside, I believe that serious/violent crime is

on the rise
7(58.3%)
neither rising nor declining
5(41.7%)
on the decline.
0(0.0%)

I believe that serious/violent criminals are

getting older.
0(0.0%)
about the same age as they've always been.
5(41.7%)
getting younger.
7(58.3%)

I believe that perpetrators of violent crime are treated

too harshly.
0(0.0%)
about right.
5(41.7%)
not harshly enough.
7(58.3%)

I believe that victims of serious/violent crime are

coddled by the system.
2(16.7%)
treated fairly.
3(25.0%)
not given enough understanding.
7(58.3%)

Tough gun-control legislation

only punishes legitimate gun-owners and does nothing to stop law-breakers.
4(33.3%)
may or may not be effective, I really don't know.
6(50.0%)
is a very good idea and needs to be implemented.
2(16.7%)

I believe the solution to serious/violent crime to be

tougher sentencing with mandatory minimums
1(8.3%)
incarceration facilities which are a miserable place to live.
0(0.0%)
more rehabilitation programs.
0(0.0%)
more education programs.
0(0.0%)
other, please specify in comments.
0(0.0%)

I believe crimes of all sorts tend to be

a masculine problem.
3(25.0%)
a feminine problem.
0(0.0%)
gender-neutral.
9(75.0%)

Trees in the middle of sidewalks are

very pretty and lovely and all that, and I don't care how many blind people bump into them.
1(8.3%)
very pretty and lovely and all that, but it's a shame so many blind people bump into them.
4(33.3%)
a dumb idea because so many blind people bump into them.
5(41.7%)
a dumb idea, but this fact has nothing to do with all those blind people bumping into them.
2(16.7%)
a dumb idea, and I wish more blind people would bump into them so they'd get knocked down and removed.
0(0.0%)
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the activities of daily living, and orientation teacher in me says that if you are bumping into trees in the middle of the sidewalk that you are not making effective use of your navigation tool of choice; e.g. cane/dog/other device.
lol

Edited at 2008-01-09 05:37 pm (UTC)
The english fanatic in me says that anyone who puts a tree in the middle of a sidewalk doesn't know what the word "walk" means, and the fact that it doesn't mean "grow", "attract insects", "get diseased and die so they have to tear the thing down anyway", it means "walk". LOL

crime and trees

Let's see... Personally, I think that part of the problem also has to do with the way that children are brought up--specifically, reliance on mass child care environments for the teaching of so-called social skills. Having worked in such environments, I am strongly convinced that there is no way that this is effective. Teachers really cannot attend to some of the deepest needs that children have, and a good number of children enter these settings from very troubled home environments (even home environments that appear fine on the surface can be very troubled for a number of reasons). So I think that part of the solution is not only better education but better social structures for families within the community so that troubled families and children are able to receive support and intervention long before problems begin to develop.

And about those trees and planters and telephone poles... The placement of these things in the middle of sidewalks should be at least a misdemeanor worth $5,000 (for the support of dog guide schools on behalf of each person who bumps into said obstruction).
"I believe crimes of all sorts to be..." none of the above.

I have never seen a tree in the middle of a sidewalk. Lining the edge, sure, but in the middle? You crazy Canadians...(ducking now).
In Bruce's defense, I have to say that it's not just a Canadian thing. It's done all in the name of "city beautification". What they're trying to prove is beyond me though. SMILE!