It’s times like this that I’m glad I don’t follow local politics. Also that I have three cops living on my street.
Dennis Donohue, mayor of Salinas, an agricultural community dubbed America's salad bowl and the birthplace of the Nobel Laureate, John Steinbeck, appealed to the community to participate in a week-long Fasting for Peace campaign.
"Make no mistake, a single fast or city flower or group of grandmas alone won't reduce violence in the streets," the paper stated. "But combined, they inject positive thinking into a city so desperate for some, and represent another chance for Salinas to come together over a community problem."
And why is this news in the UK? Because the Great Nanny has made this sort of wishful thinking their last remaining hope for crime control.
Nice to see not all of my neighbors are as deluded as the mayor, though:
"Fasting will accomplish NOTHING with regard to the gang violence problem. It is your typical liberal form-over-substance response to a serious problem that needs serious action, not new-age hullabaloo."