My name is starting to resonate. I go into a store, and before I can introduce myself, I hear, "I've heard of you." or "So you're the man I have heard about." I am always sure to say that whether they vote for me or not, to please vote. Of course, I want their vote, but sometimes after I've said that, I feel proud to have issued the reminder. It is very sad to know that the majority of eligible voters fail to exercise that right, and then they are the first to complain when they don't like the outcome. This being a special election, the turnout will be predictably low.
This evening in the news, we are told of a 5 year old boy who was shot in Opelousas. This kind of tragedy happened every day when I was in New Orleans. I am reminded of the crime scene I worked when we found a little girl in a trash bin, who had been raped and shot, and discarded. That image will never leave me. Our society, and our communities have to eliminate these senseless acts. My interest in mentoring youth is only increased when I hear of these acts of violence. I can't help but wonder what kind of environment, what kind of childhood some of these juvenile offenders have, or are having. I wonder what difference would it had made if they had been presented with meaningful activities, like volunteering for a good cause. Or mentored or had had a positive role model to look up to.