Crime doesn’t pay

Published 10:19 am Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The most dangerous criminals of the modern day are not who you may think.

Most have never seen the inside of a prison, nor have a “rap” sheet for that matter.

They are not murderers, rapists or even bank robbers.

However, they may be your co-worker, a neighbor or perhaps a friendly face at the counter one of your favorite places to shop or eat.

The financial stranglehold that has gripped our state and nation has turned once meek and mild individuals into those who will use any means to survive. And if stealing from their neighbors means survival, then so be it.

Millions of Americans are losing their jobs. Lack of employment opportunities are leaving them without many options. Those with families are left without a way to provide food, clothing and, in some cases, shelter.

Some of the most desperate ones are turning to a life of crime. It’s a sad testament to today’s society when once law-abiding citizens become common criminals, but it is a primeval act…one where only the strong survives.

We implore the citizens of the Roanoke-Chowan area to help their family, friends and neighbors who have been affected by this ongoing financial crisis. Reach out to them…even the smallest gifts of food or money will be helpful. Point them in the direction of government programs that are there to provide assistance until they are able to get on their feet again. Help them to see that a life of crime is not the answer. That only compounds the problem.

The simple act of survival will make people do strange things. By reaching out to those in need and offering love, support and compassion, perhaps it will show them there are those who do care and that a life of crime is a long-term solution to a short-term problem.

– The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald