It happened in Manchester last week. A woman was shot dead on the north side of the city. The first reaction was “how could this happen in our city”? The next question was “why?” Both are unanswered at this time. This is Manchester, not Boston, not Chicago, but New Hampshire, a great place to live and bring up a family.
A meeting was held at the local fire station and the Chief of Police addressed the issue. Police patrols in the area have been increased. The Chief was open and candid about the situation. Everyone on his team was working overtime to find the answer to this awful crime.
I have lived in our city for over 50 years and have been blessed to live in a neighborhood where one family looks out for the other. This has been the history of our city and that is why this crime is so hard to understand. Is our world changing so fast that we as a society don’t spend time strengthening our neighborhoods?
This crime has the city on edge, but it will be solved. We have a great police department and people willing to pull together to solve this crime.
The real question is why?
We must find the answer and restore that safe feeling that we had in our city. These events happen in many places in our country but not in the Queen City. We must all pull together to make Manchester safe. We have the will to do it.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is from Manchester and has represented the people of District 20 for nine terms. For the 2015-2016 legislative session he is Vice Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Finance and Capital Budget Committees. You can reach Sen. D’Allensandro at email@example.com