As a local pastor, and member of this community for 21 years, I am greatly concerned about the increase in crime and the effect its having on all of us. Measure X is a small price to pay for our communitys safety.
Cities all over are faced with critical decisions to improve domestic tranquility, which seems to be waning with every incident of violence and failure of some to respect the rights of others.
As residents, we ask police officers to protect us and our neighborhoods. But we must arm police with the resources they need to fight crime.
Sadly, Im told by those in my circle of influence that some arent even calling the police anymore to report crimes, knowing police dont have the resources/personnel to respond or even take reports.
Were at a critical point in Modestos future, which calls for critical measures both corrective and preventive. We must put more cops on the street, expand gang crime prevention and expand investigation and prevention of property crimes.
We must do something to get to the next level of responsibility. We must pass Yes on X for a safer, stronger Modesto.
DARIUS O. CROSBY