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RPOA sign points out problem

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I want to voice my support for the RPOA, and in the recent sign posted on Sycamore. In my opinion, we need to listen to those actively involved in protecting our city. I also think paying our police competitive wages and treating them as valuable assets to our city will increase the retention rate.

As far as the sign hurting economic development, I would think their sign has done more to bring to public attention a problem that severely limits our ability to attract new business as well as new families. I know if I were a businessman wanting to locate a new business, I would go online and look for a city with low poverty, low crime and quality education. Areavibes.com gives Roswell an “F” in both education and crime. Actually, in crime, we rank 77 percent above the national average, and in education, our test scores are 54 percent lower than the national average.

Both high crime rates and inferior education are a statewide problem. Being neither an educator nor a criminologist, I can only offer as a solution both the state and city use educators and criminologists to evaluate and recommend solutions.

I do think it is time for the citizens of Roswell to hold our elected officials responsible in solving our local crime issues. Also, as a state, we need to hold our state officials responsible for both our education and crime issues. As a state, we are the highest in childhood poverty, second highest in crime and second lowest in education. What we are doing is not working.

John Grogan
Roswell

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