Naming a problem is a step toward fixing it

July 14, 2013 

Some East St. Louis residents were offended last year by "Saturday Night Live," which singled out the city as a "hellhole." But they shouldn't take offense to U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, who last week noted that statistically, East St. Louis is the most violent city in America. Acknowledging a problem is necessary to fixing it.

Mayor Alvin Parks said after the SNL skit that East St. Louis' future is bright. Maybe, but only if the city can stop the violence that leads to national notoriety.

Wigginton and other federal and local law enforcement officials are working hard to change the city's violent reputation. Since April, 159 people in St. Louis and East St. Louis have been indicted -- people who, as Wigginton said, "make life intolerable for the rest of us."

Keep up the good work, and thank you.

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