Tuesday, June 1, 2010


"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them". Thomas Sowell (1930 - ), Is Reality Optional?, 1993

For the past two decades we have heard ; "There is no gang problem in Plainfield', "We have smashed the gangs". There have been drug busts and more drug busts all snaring 12 to 100 individuals.

Yet, An ambush on Sunday by one "uniformed" gang against another has capped a two week spree of shootings in the West End. Fortunately none of the families who were in the Park for a cookout were injured by the gunfire barrage .

Martin Luther King Jr. once said; "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

That is so true. However, I do not think today's gang generation is receptive to "love".

What solutions are open to us, We can not permit Plainfield to become a guerrilla war zone. WE have little time to act to prevent this. City government both Administration and Council must face the issue. Public Safety short term can roundup known members, prosecute those with weapons and/or drugs. Confiscate weapons and cut off any local supply.

However that is too elemental and ineffective for any long term solution . We will need the assistance of the County, State, and Federal Authorities. Perhaps if our political leaders and their syncopates stop bashing Governor Christie the State with Federal assistance might come up with a model project specifically aimed at making Plainfield gang free.

About a week ago I offered a program solution for the long term. Our citizens and city leaders should read it. This could be a not too long term solution. If workable without political interference, graft and political spoils the results would be evident in much less than a decade. Dry up the source of replacements and the evil will wither away.

The cost, increased taxes. The gain, a town where all the "vision studies " can be a reality.

One suggestion that by experience will not fly: Create a commission (without pay) whose membership includes Administration, Council, and a diverse pool of concerned citizens. This commission should make recommendations on long term solutions and seek Federal, and/or State as well as private foundation funding.

As to the opening quote, it is not applicable to Plainfield since no one has been sincere and eliminating prejudice in education,housing, and race relations in our fair city.


  1. I believe "studies" and "commissions" are simple reactions by people who no ability or desire to truly move forward. Dog and Pony show meant to be seen and heard..not truly listened to. If history is our barometer here in Plainfield...there is a commission brewing in the back of some inept politicians head as we speak...

  2. Rob,it is not to be a pessimist, COMMISSIONS are what they are meant to be and from whence comes the driving force. Unless its charge is spelled out in B&W and its source is from popular pressure you are right it could only be used as a time consuming diversion. But not to worry, there will be none unless in the unlikely show of concern the Council using its legisl;ative powers creates it and appoints a "strong" civilian chairman.

  3. Actually.. I believe in private business things such as commissions and studies are usually quite effective and get to the point. In government, especially top heavy, knee jerk liberal states such as NJ, NY, CA etc...they pay lip service to true solutions. They will spend endless hours and money dancing around the subject for fear of choosing an incorrect solution or action.
    Take the local access commission we had in Plainfield...2 years to "study" what could be better or changed instead of trying something new and different. So, for 2 years we had no change while we waited to find the "perfect or new direction". If your ship is sailing for an iceberg do you study the direction endlessly or do you turn the ship? When its bad, it's hard to make it worse. I believe they can have a place where honesty and open thought processes are put out there...but I think you can agree..those are not 2 words very commonly used in Plainfield or NJ Government as a whole.
    Wrong Mayor, wrong Council ( no clear concise majority to break the will of the party followers --- meaning Jerry's kids ) and wrong problem. The Mayor and members of the council could surprise us, but that would take Jerry allowing his chosen few to follow the right direction...so, I guess it's up to him. And we know from history where that will lead us...spinning in circles.