LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The grade is in for John Craig Jr.’s column: A big, fat zero
Regarding John G. Craig Jr.’s Jan. 30 column, “Zero in on Specifics” about a forum
he attended on the media, gangs and youth violence. John, before you read my suggestions, you might want to get a copy of your column and read it aloud. Then try to put your thoughts into an outline.
You ask if we – “regardless of race, creed or national origin” – can agree on something.
Well, I can’t easily agree with you because your communication skills are foggy and your
lack of logic makes for confusing statements.
You talk about the need for “calm and peaceful” schools. I don’t want “calm and
peaceful” schools. Knowledge enrichment can be brutal. and it can’t be achieved in an
environment riddled with compromises.
Let’s not make nice. There is a war in our midst. We are either winning or losing, and I
contend that if we make an easy peace today and allow gangs’ existence, we are losing.
The “keystones” of your “new policy” to combat the problems of youth violence are
useless. “A sense of proportion”? A tiny bit of poison can kill. Informed choices are what’s
needed. “A sense of responsibility”? To me, it’s irresponsible to come down hard on
parents, like those of the Carrick girls’ basketball team, who were looking out for their
children. “A sense of reality”? Refer back to proportion. “A sense of fairness”? Agreed. But
Why should “getting tough” on crime cost money?
Here is an old idea. You have an institution at your disposal called the Post-Gazette. Why
not use it to effectively communicate clearly thought-out, well-written ideas and solutions?
Don’t use up space in your paper with some gibberish that in reality is only meant to say
that the Post-Gazette is fair and responsible.
John, please get a critical proofreader and a specific sense of a logic in your writings.
Your column gets a zero in rhetoric by my standards.