OK everyone. While we're talking about effecting all sorts of wonders in our community like ending homelessness (which is noble, though I would love to see our county and State do more about the root causes of homelessness, like, say, actually NOT cut funding for drug and alcohol programs, and implement some strategies to get people on recovery into the workplace in decent paying job which befit their skills), concerning ourselves with what elected person is running against what other one, what the greatest restaurants are, what stores are closing and what are coming, and overall, just relaxing in the afterglow of our Chamber of Commerce weekend.... life happens in Howard County. In the form of a homicide on Saturday morning. Read about it here and here. It happened.
We fancy ourselves such the land of milk and honey, the Reaganesque shining city on the hill, but we never, ever truly will be until this sort of filth fails to happen here. I have no idea about what went on here. Could have been a robbery, an attempted rape, an argument gone bad, someone seeing something they shouldn't have seen, an accident, whatever. All I know is a life was lost and to me, that's worth no end of neat stuff we create in Howard County to apply salve to our upper middle class personas.
Simply not entertaining today any talk of the community where this occurred "not being safe". Because the community is not Oakland Mills or Columbia. It's Howard F'ing County! And I used a term I haven't used in a long time for intended emphasis. From one corner of the county to the other there needs to be outrage over this thing. Not branding one corner of the community as bad.
And I don't blame the HCPD presence or perceived lack thereof for this, either. Bad stuff happens everywhere. And while we shouldn't be satisfied with an annual homicide count here greater than zero, we need to support our police while they work hard to solve this crime and bring any responsible parties to justice.
I am truly sick that while we all strive to achieve good things, reminders exist of the challenges that remain to be overcome before as a community can, we truly can reach our potential. Because those reminders come at a high price, and are entered into a ledger written in blood red.