October Breakdown

October Breakdown

As the nation mourns over the tragedies in Aurora, Colorado, and at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, much of the discussion has revolved around access to guns and the need for tougher gun-control laws. But one question hasn’t been asked: Should anyone have the ability to purchase ammunition online?

The City of Madison and the Madison Police Department continue to deal with the increase in violence outside and around downtown bars. While I have confidence that mayor Paul Soglin, police chief Noble Wray and others will figure out the correct way to curb this problem, the suggestion of closing more establishments should be taken off the table. It hasn’t worked, and the troublemakers continue to move elsewhere.

Props to the United Way of Dane County and CUNA Mutual Foundation for expanding its Parent-Child Home Program, designed to help children enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to succeed. With the racial achievement gap still in the forefront, it will truly take a village to address this critical issue.

Derrell Connor hosts “Outreach” on NewsTalk 131- WIBA, pens a column for Channel 3000 and freelances for Madison Magazine