The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported violent crime is up in the city this year, led by more homicides. And our section of Cleveland, recently, reflects some of this trend… About a week ago, there was a street corner gun fatality a couple miles from us. Then right up our street (also last week), there was an attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl in an alley. (It was thwarted when someone in a bus stop called police.) At the nearby Catholic Worker Storefront the other night, a drop-in place for the disadvantaged, they had to close because one “guest” threatened another. We were there that night volunteering, and the atmosphere could best be described as “on edge” even before the incident… Craig Tame, Cleveland’s chief of public health and safety was quoted in the Plain Dealer article on crime: “Economic conditions, drugs and demographics all affect the patterns of crime…” I am just working on an update for our position paper on crime, and I agree with Mr. Tame. That is, if we really want to curb crime, we have to impact poverty, drug addiction, racial tension… Law enforcement is just one part of it. Note: When asked about crime during an interview with the Worthington (MN) Globe News several years ago, I said I wanted to see: “less.” Is that insightful, or what?